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by Brett Davis

Some new details of next year’s facelifted Audi R8 have leaked out from Europe. The 2012 Audi R8 will get a number of subtle styling tweaks, higher output V8 and V10 engines and a new S tronic transmission.

Audi’s only supercar is getting a bit old now. After first being unveiled at the 2006 Paris Auto Show, it still cuts a near identical shape. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Car magazine in the UK is reporting that Audi is planning on releasing a facelifted version sometime next year.

The new model will receive a revised 4.2-litre FSI V8 similar to the unit used in the current Audi RS5, producing 331kW – up from the current R8 4.2 with 309kW. The 5.2-litre V10 variant will get its fair share of massaging as well, resulting in 397kW – up from 386kW.

Other changes are said to include the option of a dual-clutch S tronic transmission which will replace the somewhat criticised R tronic in place today. A normal, gated six-speed manual will continue as before.

As for the cosmetic changes, reports suggest there will be a number of subtle tweaks, such as LED placement and headlight revisions. The front and rear bumper bars are also expected to receive some alterations.

According to reports the 2012 Audi R8 will hit international markets during mid-2012, with the drop-top Spyder version following soon after.




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