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2014 Audi R8: First makeover means lighter, faster, more powerful supercar

The 2014 Audi R8, a refreshed edition for the first time since the mid-engine, two-seat sports car was introduced in 2006, will feature more horsepower and a new, seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic automatic transmission when it debuts next spring in Canada.

Optional on R8 V8 and standard on the R8 V10 Coupe and Spyder, the S tronic replaces the agricultural R tronic autobox that originated from the R8’s sister model, the Lamborghini Gallardo.

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2014 Audi R8. Image courtesy of Audi.

The new Audi RB will also feature new lighter carbon fiber body components, lighter bucket seats and a streamlined interior. New LED headlights and tail lights will now be standard on the eight- and 10-cylinder Coupe and Spyder cloth-top convertible models.

Matched with a 4.2-liter eight cylinder with 430 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque, the R8 V8 Coupe takes only 4.3 seconds in the standard 0-100 km (62 mph) acceleration test — 0.3 seconds swifter than the outgoing R tronic.

The updated R8 V10 Coupe (mit S tronic) will also feature larger power numbers — 525 horsepower and 391 lb-ft on tap from its 5.2L 10-cylinder. Its acceleration is rated at 0-100km in 3.6 seconds.

In addition to its improved engine, the R8 V10 Plus will have carbon ceramic brakes, a revised front-suspension geometry, uprated springs and firmer shocks all standard.

Prices are expected to range from $134,00 for the R8 V8 Coupe to $242,000 for the GT V10 Spyder.)

To read the complete review of the 2014 Audi R8, visit: National Post/2014 Audi R8

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