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    Thread: Audi Reveals the Facelifted 2014 R8 Supercar

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      07-25-2012 12:21 AM #26
      New one on the left? I'd have a really hard time telling the difference if it weren't for that light strip in the headlight.
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      07-25-2012 12:44 AM #27
      All the cosmetic changes is really less important than adding the dual clutch gearbox.....

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      07-25-2012 01:04 AM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by RacingManiac View Post
      All the cosmetic changes is really less important than adding the dual clutch gearbox.....
      Was it simply a 6AT before, or a 6-speed DSG?

      Quote Originally Posted by Tiny4cyl View Post
      How much better is the interior in an R8 over say a well appointed GTI? I know that sounds like a silly question but minus a few differences ????
      It's not as big of a gap as you'd think. The R8 cabin (at least the V8 model's) is relatively plain and spartan.

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      07-25-2012 01:09 AM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by Ross1013 View Post
      Was it simply a 6AT before, or a 6-speed DSG?

      R-Tronic was a single clutch automated manual like SMG. Its the same transmission AFAIK as the Gallardo....

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      07-25-2012 01:29 AM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by OrangeA4 View Post
      still no touch screen nav? no touch screen is R-tarded
      I'll take greasy fingerprints and do-ability over endless knob twiddles any day.
      Audi owners love playing with knobs.
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      07-25-2012 01:34 AM #32
      What ever happened to this design?


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      07-25-2012 01:50 AM #33
      That is what the R8 needed It needs to be an agressive looking car IMO.
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      07-25-2012 07:58 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by OrangeA4 View Post
      still no touch screen nav? no touch screen is R-tarded
      I'll take greasy fingerprints and do-ability over endless knob twiddles any day.

      I think Audi is killing it in so many areas, but ICE is not really one of them.
      This car is built on an older platform that doesn't support the newest electronics for the MMI systems, so it still has the older navi.

      As far as the rest of the ICE, show me anyone else who does as good a job as Audi's new touchpad based MMI. No one does. It does multitouch gesture control, has an internet connection and uses google maps, provides a wifi hotspot for your passengers, etc etc. And with the touchpad, you get touch control without having to a) get fingerprints all over your screen, and b) reach all the way to the dashboard to control it.

      Quote Originally Posted by warren_s View Post
      Waitaminute, they're still using the old-school MMI system? The hell? Why doesn't this car include the touch-pad tech or the revised nav stuff that is in the A6, A7, A8 and even the next A3??
      I mentioned it above, but it's because the electronics bus in the R8 is still an older version and isn't compatible with MMI. The next full version of the car will have the newest system.

      Quote Originally Posted by Tiny4cyl View Post
      How much better is the interior in an R8 over say a well appointed GTI? I know that sounds like a silly question but minus a few differences ????
      They're not even in the same league. I daily drive a 2012 Autobahn GTI, and I spent this last weekend putting a few hundred miles on Fourtitude's long term 2012 R8 test car, and the two are just not even close to each other. The R8 interior feels like the $100,000+ car that it is. A GTI doesn't, because it's not.

      [QUOTE=Ross1013;78341674]Was it simply a 6AT before, or a 6-speed DSG?

      It was the single clutch automated manual out of the Gallardo.

      -Tim

    10. 07-25-2012 08:34 AM #35
      a nice nod to the Kia grill in the tail-light design.
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      07-25-2012 08:38 AM #36
      I guess Audi was REALLY happy with the original R8, because they didn't do much at all!

      ...hopefully it wont end up on BBC Top Gear. I do not need to hear those guys rip on it about how its the same car with different headlamps (for 10 minutes )...
      Someday I will post something stupid here, but not yet.

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      07-25-2012 08:55 AM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by Tim@Fourtitude View Post
      They're not even in the same league. I daily drive a 2012 Autobahn GTI, and I spent this last weekend putting a few hundred miles on Fourtitude's long term 2012 R8 test car, and the two are just not even close to each other. The R8 interior feels like the $100,000+ car that it is. A GTI doesn't, because it's not.

      It was the single clutch automated manual out of the Gallardo.

      -Tim
      I too have a '12 GTI and spent a day with a 5.2 Spyder a few weeks ago and generally agree that it's in a different league in terms of material quality and tech. I do think it's a notch below the A8 and A7 in that area though, but that's expected in a low volume supercar. It's better than most supercars in that aspect FWIW. It definitely wasn't a priority of mine and the last thing I was paying attention to when I was revving it to 8k RPM through overpasses.

      Regarding the single clutch auto, I actually thought it was an excellent transmission. Downshifts were instantaneous but brutal...which can actually be really fun. Hopefully the character of the car doesn't change too much with the new 7 speed. I guess there's always the manual as a backup.

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      07-25-2012 09:25 AM #38
      I think most complaint from the SMG-type box is not their outright shift speed, but rather their day-to-day driveability since they don't do city/stop and go well...

      Granted my DSG car doesn't exactly excel in that neither, maybe thats just a cheap VW thing thing. Enough luxury cars are now running around with these that its probably not an issue anymore...

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      07-25-2012 09:27 AM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by DUBSfightinRUST View Post
      I guess Audi was REALLY happy with the original R8, because they didn't do much at all!
      Remember, this is just a facelift (what Audi refers to as a Product Improvement). It is not an all new R8. That's a few years away yet.

      -Tim

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      07-25-2012 10:10 AM #40
      I'm slightly confused by the pics. Does the V8 also now have the R8 GT tailpipes or is it just the V10? One of my problems with the V8 was the silly amounts of tailpipes. Also, they made the front lights a whole lot better looking now. Not sure about the taillights, though. I'd be happy with a manual V8, carbon side blades, buckets with body-colored seat backs, leather dash, etc. little options. And aftermarket wheels because the R8, IMO, has never had any appealing OEM wheel options.

      Edit: Also the grilles' lines are better now. They also fixed the horrid V10 grille.
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      07-25-2012 10:25 AM #41
      Quote Originally Posted by Tuneman7 View Post
      What ever happened to this design?


      The grille was accurate but the rest must have just been a design mockup.

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      07-25-2012 10:26 AM #42


      We've added a few more photos we've been able to put together. Here's a link.

      http://fourtitude.com/photo-gallery/.../category/8717

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      07-25-2012 10:44 AM #43
      Thanks, George, that answered my question about the tailpipes on the V8.
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      07-25-2012 11:29 AM #44
      Is the R8 profitable or is it more of a marketing exercise (e.g. Bugatti)?
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      07-25-2012 02:54 PM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by George@Fourtitude View Post
      The grille was accurate but the rest must have just been a design mockup.
      Well there must've been some accuracy in the lights as well, you can see the same shape in the running lamps as the one in the mockup. It's a shame they didn't go with that mockup, this car really could've used a shot in the arm in terms of design, the new appointments look rather vanilla imo.

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      07-25-2012 03:01 PM #46
      "The LED lights dominate the rear of the Audi R8. One innovation from Audi is the indicator light with dynamic display at the bottom edge of the lamp – its light always proceeds towards the outside, in the direction the driver wishes to turn"

      Does anybody know if there is a video on the new taillights? I'd like to see this in action.

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      07-25-2012 03:04 PM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by spoonie View Post
      a nice nod to the Kia grill in the tail-light design.
      I'm glad I'm not the only one to notice that.

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      07-25-2012 03:07 PM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by tilnaneer View Post
      "The LED lights dominate the rear of the Audi R8. One innovation from Audi is the indicator light with dynamic display at the bottom edge of the lamp – its light always proceeds towards the outside, in the direction the driver wishes to turn"

      Does anybody know if there is a video on the new taillights? I'd like to see this in action.

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      07-25-2012 03:10 PM #49
      Quote Originally Posted by tilnaneer View Post
      "The LED lights dominate the rear of the Audi R8. One innovation from Audi is the indicator light with dynamic display at the bottom edge of the lamp – its light always proceeds towards the outside, in the direction the driver wishes to turn"

      Does anybody know if there is a video on the new taillights? I'd like to see this in action.
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      Thanks!

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