Preview: 2012 Audi R8 Facelift

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 14, 2011

Audi will release a refreshed version of the R8 in 2012 before the new generation arrives. So far, we’ve seen how the car’s front bumper will look but a rendering of the facelifted version has been created by German publication auto motor und sport. It shows a concept version of the front end since these lights don’t appear functional at all.

The major revisions include a new grille that has edges at the four corners, similar to the facelifted A5. The production version will have lights that are nearer to the grille than before.

The R8 is powered by a beefier variant of the V8 and V10. There are reports that Audi is considering configurations like a T5 and rear wheel drive but these changes aren’t expected for the 2012 version. However, a dual-clutch gearbox will replace the R-Tronic six-speed. The 2012 R8 may debut in Frankfurt.

A veritable vanguard in terms of sporting achievement in a high-performance sports car, the Audi R8 has been improved upon with the introduction of the S tronic transmission, all new LED headlights and dynamic turning signals in the rear. These exterior changes include new interior accents and an innovative braking system.

The new Audi R8 V10 plus comes with 404 kW or 550 hp and can now move at an extraordinary 0-100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds (62.14 mph). The changes continue with a slimline weight of 1,570 kg (3,416.26 lb) thanks to improvements in the construction material.

Audi has always boasted of amazing options. In fact, Audi has put together two body styles (Coupe or Spyder) as well as three different engines to suit all tastes.

The new seven-speed S tronic transmission is not one for lazing about nor for fuel-guzzling, with an improved speed off the mark of 0.3 seconds. In particular, its fuel consumption has decreased by 0.9 liters per 100 km which is 35.41 mile/gallon and 22 grams CO2 per km.

The V8 continues to roar delivering a whopping 316 kW (430 hp) which is 317.15 lb-ft of torque and 430 Nm, most of which lies between 4,500 and 6,000 rpm. Combined with the S tronic transmission, it launches the Coupe from 0-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds and heads towards a dizzying 300 km/h (186.41 mph).

With the new transmission, the Audi R8 V10 is able to sprint in just 3.6 seconds and now has a maximum speed of 314 km/h or 195.11 mph. The V10 is capable of pushing 386 kW or 525 hp and producing 390.91 lb-ft of torque or 530 Nm -- all at a cracking 6,500 rpm.

Even more impressive is the V10 plus which delivers 404 kW or 505 hp, 540 Nm and 398.28 lb-ft of torque. Coming with the new transmission, it shaves 0.8 seconds off its acceleration figure of 0-100 km/h, doing it in 3.5 seconds. Meanwhile, it boasts a maximum speed of 317 km/h or 196.97 mph. However, this new top of the line model is only available as a Coupe.

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