Posted Feb 14th 2013 4:59PM
During these dreary days of reduced sunlight and slushy roads, Canadians do well to counteract the winter grind with vitamin D, hot tubs and for a fortunate few... an all-wheel-drive supercar. Luckily, Audi has just unveiled their latest solution that's been specifically designed to meet high horsepower needs in nearly every season... the 2014 Audi R8.
After the highly anticipated launch of the original R8 back in 2006, the car quickly rose to automotive fame and soon found itself landing on bedroom walls and locker doors beside Ferrari and Porsche posters. Few faults could be found with the R8, but a steady stream of improvements have been made.
The most significant change comes in the transmission department, as Audi has replaced the ho-hum single clutch unit coined the "R-Tronic" in favour of a new dual clutch unit. Having previously driven the old single clutch unit on track at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (formerly known as Mosport) we can say from experience that the R-Tronic unit is clumsy and slow to react, resulting in delayed but hard-hitting up shifts - though downshifts were quick and precisely rev-matched.
The new "S-Tronic" dual-clutch unit is sure to fix the transmission woes, offering up much faster, smoother shifts. Manual shifting R8 owners will be satisfied by the same satisfying 6-speed manual as they've been accustomed to.
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A car as futuristic looking as the R8 needs few aesthetic updates; For 2014, Audi added all-LED lighting and a new dynamic turn signal that slides light from inside out, much like the newer Ford Mustang's rear turn signals operate.
A handful of other tweaks can be found on the body, including a lightly reworked front bumper and a tapered-corner single-frame grille with a freshened rear valance and a new pair of oversized round integrated exhaust outlets.
Modest changes can be found in the interior as well, mainly limited to improved switchgear, new instrument needles, optional quilted leather seating and alcantara headliner.
Thanks to the new dual clutch transmission, the 2014 R8 V8 Coupe can rocket launch from 0-100 km/h in a scant 4.3 seconds - that's 0.3 seconds quicker than the old car could. Who knew you could actually make such a great car this much better?