It’s hard to believe that the R8 has already been in production since 2006 and so the Audi flagship sports car is long overdue for a makeover.
Caught in full camo, these latest spy photos show the updated 2013 R8 sporting a new grille similar to that found on the recent R8 e-tron we spied. In addition, the facelifted R8 gets new LED headlights, plus exhaust pipes similar to those on the R8 GT.
With the current 4.2-liter V8 engine still rated at 430 hp, look for a slight bump in performance to 450 hp. With the current R8 having just Audi’s R-tronic single-clutch automated manual, past reports have suggested we could see the addition of the brand’s S-tronic gearbox. A dual-clutch unit, that transmission would retain the ultra fast gearshifts while adding a touch more civility to the drive.
We expect more spy photos to follow, with the R8 shedding more of its camo in the lead-up to a possible debut at the Paris Motor Show this Fall.