Seven years ago Audi launched the R8, and in that time the two-seat sports car has undergone several changes including adding an R8 Spyder, optional V10 and GT model to the R8 family. Well, Audi decided that it was time that the R8 got a full-on refresh by introducing the new 2012 R8 lineup. Check out the specs, video and gallery below.
Seven-speed S-tronic transmission – an upgrade from the R-tronic – utilizes two mult-plate clutches
S-tronic is actually faster to 60 miles per hour by three-tenths of a second
Six-speed manual is offered
Flagship V10 Plus model
Redesigned LED headlights and taillights
Revised front bumper and grille
New circular tailpipes
Carbon fiber reinforced plastic like that used on the R8 GT
Carbon fiber front splitter, mirrors, side blades, rear diffuser and lining for the engine compartment 5.2-liter V10 producing 550 horsepower and 398 pound-feet torque.
European models start rolling off the line at the end of 2012. No mention of U.S. availability or pricing yet.