Audi has released new info about its totally refreshed 2013 Audi R8 lineup. It’s been seven years since initial release of their sports car and over the years, it’s undergone a few changes here ad there (like the addition of the roofless Spyder, an optional V10 and the sportier GT model), but they’ve now totally revamped its revamped 2013 R8 lineup, highlighted by subtle styling changes, a seven-speed S-tronic transmission and a new flagship V10 Plus model.

The most prominent change is the redesigned LED headlights and taillights that come standard on all models, as well as the redesigned LED headlights and taillights that come standard on all models. Out back, Audi added a larger diffuser and new circular tailpipes. But what’s totally new is the addition of the seven-speed S-tronic transmission that eliminates the R-tronic many didn’t quite enjoy. The new transmission utilizes two multi-plate clutches. Each clutch engages with two independent sub-transmissions and alternately select gears, which provides smoother shifts. However, Audi is still offering a  six-speed manual transmission in all models.

The flagship model will be the new R8 5.2-liter V10 Plus that features the same carbon fiber reinforced plastic used on the R8 GT. The front splitter, mirrors, side blades, rear diffuser and lining for the engine compartment are all constructed of the lightweight material. It now pushes out 550HP and 398 lb.-ft. of torque. Audi hasn’t mentioned when it will bring the new lineup to the States, with European models available at the end of this year.

Kristie Bertucci

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