Audi will reportedly unveil the R8 GT Plus at Le Mans next weekend. Spyder variant to follow in 2014.

Audi will reportedly unveil the R8 GT Plus at Le Mans next weekend.

Audi is sending the first-gen R8 out with a bang as a GT Plus variant will probably be revealed at this year's Le Mans race scheduled for next weekend. It will come with a revised V10 5.2-liter engine packing more than the 552 bhp (412 kW) / 398 lb-ft (540 Nm) of the 2010 R8 GT. The rear-wheel drive version will come with a six-speed manual gearbox, while the all-wheel drive model is set to get a dual-clutch, seven-speed automatic transmission.

The 2013 Audi R8 GT Plus fitted with the dual-clutch gearbox should sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.4 seconds, making it 0.2s faster than its predecessor. Top speed will probably remain the same at 199 mph (320 km/h).

A Spyder variant is likely to come out in 2014 and will be faster than the 2011 R8 GT Spyder which needed 3.8 seconds until 62 mph and reached a top speed of 197 mph (317 km/h).

Expect both models to be offered in a limited edition since their predecessors were available in only 333 units each.

Note: 2010 Audi R8 GT and 2011 R8 GT Spyder pictured

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