Audi has already showed off the updated 2013 Audi R8, which is why this test mule has us a little perplexed. With a look somewhere between the current R8 GT and Audi's GT3 racecar, it's not really clear exactly what this car is (or will be).

Our best guess is that it might be a street-legal version of the R8 GT3 possibly as a last hurrah special model for the 2012 model year. This would make sense since we can see the roll cage inside the car, and some of the exterior bits fit in with the R8 GT3's aero upgrades including the vented hood and an oversize rear wing (although not near as big as the racecar). The winglets on the front fascia are similar to the R8 GT but are obviously bigger.

Of course, this could also be a test mule for an entirely new R8 model altogether, so we'll just have to wait for Audi to drop some knowledge on us before we can say for sure. Until then, check out the spy shots. Because it never gets old watching an Audi R8 testing on the Nürburgring.


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      flammablewater
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car isn't on my 'must own' list, but if someone were to give me the money, and tell me I had to buy a car in the $100k-ish range (so GT-R, ZR1, SL etc.) the R8 the winner on looks alone (though not the one pictured).
        Aryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @flammablewater
        Maserati Granturismo sport for me for looks alone.
      CaddyV8
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car looks much better with a wing on the rear.
        Agent55
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CaddyV8
        Agreed, they shouldn't even be selling them without it.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CaddyV8
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          Lachmund
          • 2 Years Ago
          so ricer is talking about ricers...nice
          • 2 Years Ago
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      Tabs Luther
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think this is going to be one of those cars whose swan song makes up for how it may have lagged behind its competition for most of its first gen. I always liked its looks but its hard to compare it visually to more extreme looking italians. I guarantee that this is probably the second most reliable super car behind the LF-A and I would love to have a v-10 with less weight and 600 horsepower. Makes you wonder, which car would end up being your daily if you have a garage with a LF-A, R8V10, 458, McLaren MP4-12C? Over time you would have to gravitate towards something...
        Reli Dtm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tabs Luther
        depends on how much money Id have.. 100k+ price difference between the r8v10 and the mp4-12c
      eeee
      • 2 Years Ago
      let me guess... R8 Nurburgring edition
      level4
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like someones personal car with a bunch of tasteless mods.
      Masschine
      • 2 Years Ago
      The wing finishes off the design and makes it look more aggressive rather than a long TT.
      Patrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      love the R8
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whatever is under the hood most be more powerful, check out how far out those rear tires stick out.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Reli Dtm
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think its an r8 plus (look at the pain color) or a r8 v10.. and some carbon fiber and a spoiler on it.. maybe they are trying to go after customized options like the mclarens/lambos/ferraris are going.. and seeing if it makes a performance difference.. it really looks like matte sepang blue to me with a carbon fiber hood and a spoiler
      RudyH
      • 2 Years Ago
      Also known as 'BigFoot' around the Audi community...likely because it is packing a 'BigStick'
      diffrunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Like all others of it's ilk-----fit for track & show, but not traffic.
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