Facelifted Audi R8 - details and pricing


As facelifts go the one applied to the R8 range isn’t what you’d call the most dramatic. Go on, without looking at the pics or reading any further name three possible updates to the car…

Round exhaust trims for all models now
Round exhaust trims for all models now
If you said “revised headlights, slight tweaks to the front and rear bumpers and a small cut in CO2” you obviously know the way these things work. Oh, not forgetting the inevitable price premium too of course. That’s not been confirmed for the UK yet but German prices have and when the revised R8 reaches European customers by the end of the year they’ll be paying an additional 2,500 euros on the V8 coupe and 7,500 euros on the V10. Expect comparable increases on UK cars. (See below for UK pricing, now confirmed - Ed.)

What do you get for the extra money? Well, revised headlights, slight tweaks to the front and rear bumpers and- oh, we already said that didn’t we! Mechanical alterations are minor, bar one significant change.

R8 V10 Plus brings 550hp and extra carbon
R8 V10 Plus brings 550hp and extra carbon
It’s a belated and not especially fond farewell to the R tronic automated manual and long-awaited, and not especially surprising, adoption of a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch unit if you don’t want the clickety-clack gated manual six-speed. The latter is standard on V8s and optional on V10s, which get the dual-clutch as standard.

As significant as the move from Tiptronic to PDK on 911s, this now makes two-pedal R8s an acceptable choice.

As well as (hopefully) shifting within 30 seconds of when you might actually want it to the new S tronic transmission improves acceleration times by a not inconsiderable three tenths on the V8, 0-62mph now 4.3 seconds while the manual remains at 4.6 seconds. And it’s the same on the V10, the manual staying at 3.9 seconds and S tronic now 3.6 seconds. Manuals remain a fraction faster at the top end though. 

New LED headlights standard on all models
New LED headlights standard on all models
Spec sheet braggarts will, however, be even more impressed with the new R8 V10 Plus which gains all the fancy carbon trimmings Quattro GmbH can throw at it, a power hike to 550hp and 398lb ft from the 525hp and 390lb ft of standard V10s and weighs just 10kg more (1,570kg) than a base V8 manual coupe. 0-62mph comes up in 3.6 seconds and it'll hit 196mph, the manual 3.8 seconds and 198mph.

In Germany it’ll cost 173,200 euros, 18,600 euros more than a standard V10 coupe. It’s not available as a Spider and though it comes with S tronic as standard it can be specced with a manual gearbox if you want. This, at a stroke, delivers much of the limited edition R8GT experience (less 10hp) while answering the major criticism of that car being an R tronic only deal.

Revised diffuser style rear bumper
Revised diffuser style rear bumper
Prices have now been announced and can be found below; deliveries of the facelifted cars are expected to start early next year.

 

 

 

 

 


UPDATE:
Following the initial announcement Audi UK has confirmed pricing for the refreshed R8 range - details below.

4.2 FSI (V8) Coupe (manual) £91,575
4.2 FSI (V8) Coupe (S tronic) £94,475
5.2 FSI (V10) Coupe (manual) £112,675
5.2 FSI (V10) Coupe (S tronic) £115,575
5.2 FSI (V10 plus) Coupe (manual) £124,675
5.2 FSI (V10 plus) Coupe (S tronic) £127,575
4.2 FSI (V8) Spyder (manual) £100,225
4.2 FSI (V8) Spyder (S tronic) £103,125
5.2 FSI (V10) Spyder (manual) £121,325
5.2 FSI (V10) Spyder (S tronic) £124,225

 







   
   
   

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  • Maldini35 31 Jul 2012

    thewheelman said:
    Nors said:
    abbotsmike said:
    Pistonheads must be the only place where a coupe with 500+bhp and 4WD can be called dull. I've been a passenger in an RS4, and if the R8 is apparently like that, but 'more' then I can't see the problem with it!

    Then again, I don't see how going round a corner wondering if the car is going to spit you off the road for fun is 'exciting' I find going fast in a controlled, predictable way fun, not clenching wondering what's coming next!
    Agree with every word, this about sums up the Thread!

    Some of the terms used like, Dull, Boring & Ugly escape me. If it's not your cup of tea, fair enough, but these statements just sound crazy, coming from so called petrolheads.
    Take a track day, try the R8 then a Gallardo & a 430. Then we'll talk.
    Are you mad?

    I wouldn't track any of those cars for the following reasons:

    a) Running out of talent and parking it in the kitty litter would stone-chip the entire car leading to a £5k+ respray
    b) Running out of talent and parking it in the armco would require some scarily expensive bodywork
    c) Somebody else runs out of talent in front of you and causes a) or b)
    d) Drive hard and wreck £1000 worth of tyres in a few hours
    e) Drive hard and wreck £1000 worth of brake pads/discs in a few hours

    These are all lovely road cars but none can take real track abuse for very long without a serious financial consequence.

    If trackdays are your thing buy a Caterham/Radical/dedicated race car and be done with it. With the money you'd save on running costs for an Gallardo/F30 it would pay for itself after a couple of years.



  • vww1l 31 Jul 2012

    R-Tronic box.... I am unsure if the Dan Trent has driven an R-Tronic R8 as his comments are nonsense! Having owned the very best of dual clutch boxes in an RS5 it was certainly impressive with its blimps and booms and swift shifting. It knew better than you. When I moved to an R8 V10 with R-tronic I too thought it was different but that is because it is not really an auto box it is an automated clutch so you have to lift off between changes (slightly) to smooth them out. Or if you like it banging the gears home then bobs your uncle. The box is almost as fast as the s-tronic in the RS5 but the reason you have R-tronic specifically designed for the R8 is because s-tronic can not handle the torque, is bigger and heavier. Yes also it is older tech now so better boxes are available but it is still very very good. I had a pleasure of a fast few laps at Dunsfold the other week at the supercar event in a lexus LFA. Guess what... it has a single clutch box!!! Why because the engineers felt it more appropriate in the way it shoves the gears, lighter blah blah blah. That car is awsome so no more nonsense about automated clutches please or first off try one properly.

    Also having driven manual and auto R8 V8s and V10s the V8 is a dream with the manual but the V10 is a rocket ship and unless your name is Hamilton then it is a bit much to shift them stick yourself and turn. It can do 78 in 2nd and you get there within 5 or so seconds so puhlease dont tell me I am talking nonsense. I dont claim to be a racing driver just a lucky chap with a nice motor that I dont like to hear dissed by folk who perhaps have little to no clue on what they are on about.

    Apologies in advance and rant over now ready for my dose of abuse. Go easy on me people.

  • gbbird 30 Jul 2012

    I for one am glad Audi have not radically changed a truly classic car. Love it to bits, but then I prefer the original ones just as much.

    The only thing I am not too keen on with the new one is the exhausts, but I could live with that.

  • corcoran 30 Jul 2012

    ohmygod.

    with one stroke they've made it ugly.

    • drinks*

  • thewheelman 30 Jul 2012

    Dave Hedgehog said:
    thewheelman said:
    Nors said:
    abbotsmike said:
    Pistonheads must be the only place where a coupe with 500+bhp and 4WD can be called dull. I've been a passenger in an RS4, and if the R8 is apparently like that, but 'more' then I can't see the problem with it!

    Then again, I don't see how going round a corner wondering if the car is going to spit you off the road for fun is 'exciting' I find going fast in a controlled, predictable way fun, not clenching wondering what's coming next!
    Agree with every word, this about sums up the Thread!

    Some of the terms used like, Dull, Boring & Ugly escape me. If it's not your cup of tea, fair enough, but these statements just sound crazy, coming from so called petrolheads.
    Take a track day, try the R8 then a Gallardo & a 430. Then we'll talk.
    take a track day, try the atom 500, an R500 and a Radical SR3 and then we will talk
    They're not really cars in the same class as the V8 mid engined cars mentioned. Not done a track day in the cars you mention, but I have in a KTM X Bow smile

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