The facelifted 2013 Audi R8 was out on public roads and, naturally, videotaped. Sheathed in camo again after having been at it totally naked not long before, there is less to visualize, but you can at least see – and, just as importantly, hear – it in action. Make sure to watch the whole thing: the special feature at the end of this video is a brief shot of the once-again naked R8 taking a turn at the Nürburgring.

Stylistic changes are limited to small details like new LEDs, taillamps and exhaust tips. More powerful engines are tipped to be on the menu, with the 4.2-liter V8 climbing to 450 horsepower and the 5.2-liter V10 ascending to 540 hp.

We'll probably get a close look at it during the 2012 Paris Motor Show; scroll down to see it from afar in the video.


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      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      when there is nothing wrong with it why change too much?!
      T-Mille
      • 2 Years Ago
      Timeless designs need little improvement, is how I see this facelift.
      Banf_1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I always wondered why they never dumped a diesel in this car.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Banf_1
        They did make a driveable concept with the 500hp, 700+lbft V12 turbodiesel that would later be found in the Q7 SUV.
      mitytitywhitey
      • 2 Years Ago
      For cry-it-out-loud, Audi, put the biturbo V8 in some performance cars already. I had the opportunity to drive the 2003 RS6 before buying my A8, and while the rest of the A8 i felt was the car for me, I lamented not having the biturbo engine. Hands-down best engine I've ever felt in a car. I am so glad you are producing biturbo V8s again, but please start using them generously! The 4.2 is great, but just didnt compete with the biturbo in a quick Audi, IMO.
        rocketmoose
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        A sedan suits the big bargepole of torque and flat power curve. But there's nothing like the soaring power delivery, and immediate throttle response of a naturally aspirated engine - and that suits an involving sports car. I am glad there's still companies producing powerful NA engines. Turbos are great, but they don't suit every car.
          mitytitywhitey
          • 2 Years Ago
          @rocketmoose
          Both buyers of the RS5 would agree with you, smugly touting the benefits of natural aspiration whilst being passed by a TT RS.
        Kwijiboz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        !! If only I could use my powers for good.
        ImpulseGTO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        The NA motors do a fine job. It's not all that necessary to have twin turbos. If they wanted more power out of those NA motors all they have to do is some small mods and some ECM tuning. They know what they are doing.
          mitytitywhitey
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ImpulseGTO
          What they are doing is getting stomped on by BMW and Porsche. RS5, RS4, R8 are good-looking, good-sounding cars. They are also outclassed in performance by the M3 and 911 respectively, all the way up the model/price ranges. And I'm talking LAST generation M3 / 911. The new turbo M3 and the 991 Carrera and Turbo are going to kill the Audis in every comparison.
      Kwijiboz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cue whinging about how Audi should dump the gutless old 4.2 and replace it with the twin turbo that still wouldn't come close to matching their Supra anyway.... I for one am glad there's still life in NA engines at this level.
        mitytitywhitey
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kwijiboz
        It's more an issue of Audi's own super cars, like the RS5 and R8 4.2, in danger of being outran by their own TT RS+
      kosmo69
      • 2 Years Ago
      450hp from a 4.2L ? thats it? Porsche 3.8 puts out 450 and 4.0 500. C'on Audi!
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kosmo69
        this is the standard version no pumped up racing version like the gt3
      teamstig
      • 2 Years Ago
      And the trophy for laziest facelift goes to...
      David Donovan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ze Germans are the laziest bunch when it comes to updating their cars. First you have the 911 that has looked the same for god knows how many years now and now Audi is jumping in with their "facelifted" R8
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David Donovan
        quality design doesn't need alteration
        FIDTRO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David Donovan
        Yeah, it wouldn't have anything to do with the 911 and R8 having timeless, unique-in-the-auto-industry designs.
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like they gave it the original headlights from the concept car.
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