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21 January 2013

Launched: New Audi R8

Still as gorgeous. Still as LED-laden. Still as fast. Welcome the refreshed R8

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We are yet to meet a single person who had a problem with the way the Audi R8 looked. If anything, it looked exactly like a supercar should. If something needed fixing, it was the old six-speed gearbox. Audi updated both, however, and has now launched the refreshed R8 in India.

Primary changes? As is visible, the face of the car has now been altered with full-LED headlights (which are now standard across all variants), a re-designed diffuser and a slightly tweaked front bumper. Otherwise, the R8 retains its good looks, and that's a good thing.

The gearbox is now a 7-speed S-Tronic automatic instead of the earlier six-speed affair, and Audi claims a reduced 0-100kph time of just 3.6 seconds for the 525bhp V10 Coupe, 3.8 for the V10 Spyder and 4.3 for the 430bhp V8 Coupe. The updated V10 engine will also take the Coupe to a top whack of 314kph.

Michael Perschke, head of Audi India, said at the launch, "Our outstanding performance in 2012 established Audi as the fastest growing luxury car brand in India and this successful run will continue this year too. 2013 is a critical year for Audi in India and we will see the announcement of several initiatives on the product and network front. First month of 2013 already saw the launch of new Audi Q5 and I am confident that with the launch of this new Audi R8 we will further consolidate our leadership position in the super sports car segment in India".

Audi has priced the updated R8 V8 Coupe at Rs 1.34 crore, the V10 Coupe at Rs 1.57 crore and the V10 Spyder at Rs 1.73 crore (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).

Do you like the new-look R8? Or does your heart still beat for the pre-facelift version? Your comments, TopGearers.

Tags: audi, r8 v10 spyder, r8 v8, r8 v10, r8

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