Since the Audi R8 launched back in 2008, Audi has done a great job of keeping its mid-engine supercar fresh. Between the V10, the Spyder and the GT models, it seems like there has been something new added to the R8 every year. The 2013 model year is going to bring more of the same. More than just an updated look, though, Audi engineers made sure to fine tune the R8's performance, and Audi has released a video showing exactly what goes into making improvements to a car like the R8.

We've already seen some of the making of Audi's video from the opposite side of the lens, and now we finally get to see what the new R8 looks like from Audi's point of view testing on the Nürburgring along with the Autobahn. There are some great shots of a camouflaged 2013 R8 blasting around the 'Ring as well as some of the car's build process including a look at the lightweight Audi Space Frame and watching builders drop the engine and transmission into the car's rear.

One of the more interesting elements of the video is hearing just how important the Nürburgring is to Audi. In the video, Stephan Reil, Quattro GmbH head of development, says that every Audi RS and R8 model must run an 8,000-kilometer (almost 5,000 miles) durability test around the Nordschleife and that in testing, Audi engineers equate one km on the 'Ring to 15 to 18 km on standard roads.

While we would love to hear more of the R8's exhaust note in the video below, it's still fun to watch and gives great insight about what went into updating this car.


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      Mark
      • 2 Years Ago
      0-100 KPH in 3.6 seconds... it's getting quicker.
      Eta Carinae
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't like those new headlights.........but that is all to the recipe they change. After that kudos Audi....keep making stunning cars
      JB Kolod
      • 2 Years Ago
      i love listening to the audi engineers
      Alex Butti
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish I could afford a R8 V10.....such a beauty!
      over9000
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still can't outpace the GT-R...
        Daekwan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @over9000
        Still not as ugly as the GTR. Still not as computerized as the GTR. Still not as lackluster as the GTR interior.
          Lachmund
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Daekwan
          are you 12?! you must be 12! now i get it
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        Georg
        • 2 Years Ago
        you realize that there happend so much more in the 6years of production? R8 V8 > R8 V10 > R8 V8 Spyder > R8 V10 Spyder > R8 GT > R8 GT Spyder > R8 V10Plus Coupe > new engine for the V8 > R8 LMS Ultra > new transmission > facelift
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        Obviously the greatest improvement can be observed when going from absolute sh*t to 'adequate for human consumption'.
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        no need to change what doesn't need changing
          Lachmund
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          the camry DOES need changing....there is a reason they don't sell it in europe anymore
      CaddyV8
      • 2 Years Ago
      And people call the LFA ugly. This car has some of the oddest looking proportions I've ever seen. Amazing car but weird.
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CaddyV8
        strange perception you have there. on the road it looks more than great.. it is even one of the best looking cars i know.
          CaddyV8
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          The rear end bothers me. From the side it looks like they just chopped it off, or stopped designing the car after they got past the rear pillars. An amazingly capable car and piece of German engineering, but not as beautiful as it could be, IMO.
          Lachmund
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          rofl
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sweet car in its own right.... but almost every car in its class is better
        AJ Karkey
        • 2 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        WRONG...... Audi R8 Gt lapped the nurburgring in 7:33, which is faster than the sls amg, and on par with with the ferrari 458 italia, which are both in its class, so before you run your mouth lexus fan boy do some research. Hell even the V10 is beating different models of the lamborghini.
          Lachmund
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AJ Karkey
          one slight mistake there AJ. the murcielago had a v12, the audi V10 is similar to the gallardos V10 just like it's underpinnings.
      KY
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the old headlight better.
      Eduardo Maal
      • 2 Years Ago
      So whoever buys this car, buys it after its been driven for 8.000km? Sell it used then, at a discount!
        chisss001
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Eduardo Maal
        wow... that's all I gotta say... I pray that you are not serious...
      Joe Carter
      • 2 Years Ago
      As big a fan of the Viper as I am, these Audi R8's are extremely bad ass.
      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      *long dreamy sigh* Absolutely stunning piece of machinery.
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        Gonna go watch my NatGeo Mega Factories episode of the Audi R8 now.
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