2014 Audi R8 GT expected to bow at the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours

Article by Christian A., on June 18, 2013

At this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, Audi is preparing to unveil the facelifted version of the R8 GT. At least this is what Autocar says, but we will be there this weekend so you will get fresh photos with the new car if the British magazine is right.

The car, which was recently caught by spy photographers during testing at the Nurburgring race track, will be powered by an upgraded version of the 5.2-liter V10 engine.

Moreover, a six-speed manual gearbox will be offered as standard on the rear-drive GT, but Audi will offer an optional seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox as well as a four-wheel-drive version. The new Audi R8 GT is expected to zoom from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds and will have a top speed of 199 mph or almost 320 km/h.

In terms of design, the new Audi R8 GT is expected to receive a more prominent front spoiler, larger air inlets and a new rear wing.

The new design seen on the brand new Audi R8 is also expected to be seen on the new R8 GT. Changes include new headlights and rear lights as well as minor cosmetic tweaks both inside and out.

Just by looking at the new Audi R8, it is quite easy to tell that this vehicle is the brand’s new frontliner. Featuring a wide yet hunkered down stance, the new Audi R8 measures 4.44 meters (14.57 feet) in length, 1.90 m (6.23 ft) in width and 1.25 m (4.10 ft.) in height – although the Spyder version sits a bit lower at 1.24 m (4.07 ft). Its appearance is even made more distinctive by its arched surfaces and sharp lines as well as by a number of new details.

Interestingly, the front end, the wheel wells, the flanks and the rear end are visually linked through the so-called loop, which is essentially a wrap-around contour. The new Audi R8 Coupe features a cabin set to the front and sideblades -- upright air intakes located in front of the rear wheels – thereby conveying its mid-engine concept. The sideblade on the right flank features the solid aluminum gas cap. These sideblades are non-existent on the Spyder, and are replaced by large air intakes seemingly sculpted out of the flanks.

Up front, the new Audi R8 features a new high-gloss black Singleframe grille which has top corners that have been tapered. V10 versions of the R8 feature struts accentuated by fine chrome strips. Moreover, the four Audi rings are now placed on the bonnet, rather on the grille. All Audi R8 models now feature three crossbars on the black air intakes for the radiator as well as on the brakes. In addition, the new Audi R8 is provided with a redesigned bumper.

Amazingly, the new Audi R8 could be fitted with an optional front splitter, which is made from carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP). However, this front splitter is standard on the V10 model, which is further distinguished by subtle tweaks to the Singleframe grille as well as matt Titanium Gray air intakes.

Exterior Design

Interestingly, it is not difficult to tell that the new R8 serves as Audi’s dynamic front-liner. Its wide and low road stance is made more obvious by its sporty dimensions: 4.44 meters (14.57 ft.) in length, 1.90 meters (6.23 ft.) in width and 1.25 meters (4.10 ft.) in height (Spyder: 1.24 meters).

With a body defined by arched surfaces and sharp lines, the new Audi R8 features a forward-located cabin so as to emphasize its mid-engine concept. This concept is further highlighted on the coupe version through the sideblades -- the upright air intakes located in front of the rear wheels – with the right sideblade including the solid aluminum gas cap.

The R8 Spyder, meanwhile, features no sideblades but instead has large air intakes sculpted out of the flanks. Visually linking the front end, the wheel wells, the flanks and the rear end of this new high-performance car is a so-called loop, which is basically a wrap-around contour.

The front end of the new Audi R8 is marked by a new high-gloss black Singleframe grille which has top corners that are tapered. V10 models of the R8 feature a grille with struts that have fine chrome strips. Moreover, V10 models have the four Audi rings absent on the grille but present on the bonnet.

In addition, the new Audi R8 comes with a redesigned bumper, black air intakes guiding air for the radiator as well as brakes with three crossbars. Standard on V10 models but optional on other models is a front splitter made from carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP). V10 models also feature matt Titanium Gray air intakes and a number of subtle tweaks to the Singleframe grille.

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