The Audi R8 range has been revised with a major technical change – the R tronic single clutch automated manual gearbox has been replaced by an S tronic dual clutch transmission. Most of you will be familiar with how dual clutch transmissions work now – the S tronic transmission’s two multi-plate clutches are positioned behind one another and serve two mutually independent sub-transmissions. Gears are shifted directly as the clutches open and close alternatively within hundredths of a second.
Thanks to S tronic providing virtually uninterrupted power to the wheels, 0 to 100km/h acceleration is quicker by three-tenths of a second, and CO2 emissions have been reduced by up to 22g/km. The Audi R8 V8 S tronic does the sprint to 100km/h in 4.3 seconds, while the V10 car does it in 3.8 seconds.
Other updates for the 2013 model year include revised steel discs with a “wave” design. The wave-like exterior contour lowers the weight overall by about two kilograms compared with round discs of the same dimensions. The aluminium brake callipers operate at the front wheels with eight pistons each, and at the rear wheels with four pistons each.
Audi will also make full LED headlamps standard on all models of the Audi R8. The headlamps are complemented by new strip-shaped daytime running lights that form a ‘clasp’ around the lens. The light-emitting diodes for the high and low beam headlights have been placed above and below the daytime running lights, which are specially actuated to serve as indicators.
The tail lamps have also been updated – they include new indicators which appear to perform a ‘sweeping’ movement from the inside outwards, making them more noticeable.
Look after the jump for a big gallery of the updated R8.