What's New for 2014
For 2014, the Audi R8 gets a new optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a new model, the V10 Plus.
When Audi launched the R8 several years ago, the goal was simply to compete with a well-equipped 911. That was before Porsche joined Audi's extended Volkswagen Group family, but the objective remains. For the 2014 R8, Audi has made a few changes to keep its flagship sports car fresh.
The R8's available V8 and V10 engines are pretty much unchanged, but they now come paired to an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission. This is a welcome upgrade from the R8's previous single-clutch automated gearbox, which was notorious for its rough-shifting nature.
Other changes are pretty subtle, including restyled headlights and taillights and new diamond quilt stitching on its leather sport seats. There's also a V10 Plus coupe-only model (it's pretty similar to last year's R8 GT) that increases performance to 550 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. It weighs less, too, about 110 pounds lighter thanks to ceramic brake discs, lighter carpet and carbon-fiber parts including the front airdam and rear diffuser.
Pricing hasn't been announced, but expect the base R8 to start near its current starting price of around $115,000. Check back for a full review of the 2014 Audi R8, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.