Along with the Audi RS5 Cabriolet, Audi plans to pull the production wraps off its 2014 Audi R8 V10 plus at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
The name of the game this time around comes in the form of a dual clutch equipped Audi R8 V10. Before Audi pioneered a single clutch R-Tronic mated to the Audi’s V8 / V10. The single clutch R- Tronic did the job, but around town, shifts were much to harsh for people’s liking and dual clutch technology was only a matter of time.
What was Audi’s response to why they didn't offer a dual clutch transmission right off the bat? Well they just weren't ready with a production ready dual clutch unit to shoehorn into their Audi R8. I can’t blame Audi for not wanting to release the public a DCT that wasn’t up to there standards. Besides, they still offered the R8 with a fully manual 6 speed for the true enthusiast.
For 2014, there still is a 6 speed manual offered, but the R-tronic single clutch unit has been binned for there new S tronic DCT setup. Add that to there V-10 pumping out a healthy 525 whp and 391 lb-ft of torque alll routed to it's clever AWD setup makes for a brutally quick, yet refined supercar. How does 0-60 in 3.4 seconds sound?
Like the original Acura NSX, the Audi R8 put the motoring world on attention with a liveable supercar capable of comfortable around town cruising yet enough handling prowess and engine power to blow the doors off the loud and brash supercars of the time. Now with a dual-clutch transmission mounted to there top of the line V-10, Audi has an ace up their sleeves that can compete with the best.