Updates for 2014 include refreshed front and rear fascias, standard LED headlights, a new dual-clutch transmission replacing the clunky old automatic and the addition of a range-topping V10 Plus model that boasts a 25 horsepower bump versus the standard V10 for a total of 550.
R8 models with the 4.2-liter V8 get a 10-horsepower increase to 430. Audi R8 GT versions of the coupe and convertible arrive in limited editions with less weight, more power and bigger price tags.
By all accounts, the Audi R8 is a supercar, but that doesn't mean it's uncompromising and hard-edged. It's an incredibly capable performance machine, yet every bit as luxurious as it is sporting. The posh interior is loaded with electronics and bathed in leather and Alcantara. For 2011 the R8 is available with a new convertible body style, called the Spyder. Offered, at least for now, exclusively with a 5.2-liter Lamborghini-derived V10, the R8 Spyder 5.2 Quattro brings real exotic-car performance and style to the world of open-air motoring.