Set to make an appearance at the Detroit motor show are two performance models from Ingolstadt: the facelifted Audi R8 and new Audi RS5 Cabriolet.

Audi has announced three R8 variants for the 2014 model year, namely the R8 V8 (430 hp/430 Nm 4.2 FSI), R8 V10 (525 hp/530 Nm 5.2 FSI) and R8 V10 Plus (550 hp/540 Nm 5.2 FSI). The V10 Plus will be coupe-only; Spyder versions are available for the other two.

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A new seven-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission (six-speed manual available) takes over duties from the previous R tronic single clutch ‘box, and allows blistering century sprint times of 4.2, 3.4 and 3.3 seconds respectively. Top speeds in the same order are 300, 314 and 315 km/h.

Aesthetic changes include new LED headlamps (now standard across the range), a hexagonal grille, new door mirrors, dynamic turn indicators on the tail lamps and large round tailpipe trims.


The RS5 Cabriolet, however, is powered by a 450 hp/430 Nm 4.2 FSI that enables it to hit 100 km/h in a smidgen under five seconds and continue towards a top speed of 280 km/h. The car was unveiled online back in September, so you can read our previous post for more details on the first drop-top RS5.

Both cars are expected to go on sale in the US in spring, with prices to be announced closer to launch.