The four-rings brand calls the 2013 Audi R8 “the sporty spearhead” of its lineup, and the svelte supercar will display an even keener edge for the new model year, thanks to a new, ultra-lightweight range-topping model, the automaker’s acclaimed S tronic transmission, and a number of style upgrades as well. The changes also herald a makeover for the 2013 Audi R8 portfolio as a whole, which will be available in three grades, with three engine choices, and in both coupe and convertible body styles.
However the biggest change to the R8 may be what’s gone missing: More than 110 lbs. of excess weight from the top-end model alone. The new 2013 Audi R8 V10 plus weighs in at just a bit over 3,460 lbs. with a six-speed manual transmission (and the similarly equipped V8 R8 is down to 3,439 lbs.). The difference-maker here is the Audi Space Frame aluminum body structure, itself just over 460 lbs. in weight and about 40 percent lighter than a comparable steel structure. There’s plenty of carbon fiber and carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer, too, for more weight savings and a dash of high-tech style.
Also new from Audi stylists is a refreshed exterior with LED headlights and rear lights that are now standard across the model range, along with a more streamlined execution of the Audi Singleframe grille, a revised rear diffuser, round exhaust outlets and dynamic LED turn signals. In the cabin of the 2013 Audi R8, owners will enjoy a more sophisticated environment that can be further enhanced with quilted-leather upholstery and accents.
The 2013 Audi R8 is expected to launch in Europe before year’s end, then head to U.S. dealerships early in 2013 at a price that’s still TBD. In much the same way, the numbers detailed next are for the German lineup and could change when the cars get to the United States.