2014 Audi R8 and RS5 Cabriolet Boast New Look, Melt Faces
For every car that goes on too long without a redesign (cough-cough Corvette cough-cough), the Audi RS5 Cabriolet and Audi R8 are two vehicles that could have kept the same look for half a century, only needing minor tweaks, and wold have still been consideered some of the most attractive vehicles on the market. That is not good enough for Audi, so the folks at the German automaker (probably reluctantly) updated both vehicles, and the refreshed styling does, and updates below the hood, to not disappoint. Visually, the most notable change to the R8 and RS5 are the headlights, which push the Audi E-Tron design cues. Under the hood, the 2014 Audi R8 receives a new seven-speed S-tronic transmission. This double-clutch gearbox is said to reduce 0-60 times by 0.3 seconds for the R8 V10 Plus. Oh yeah, they are debuting V8 and V10 variants all at once, so no need for waiting around a year for 550 horsepower. The standard R8 V10 makes 525 horsepower, while the R8 V8 makes 430 horsepower. Putting the world on notice that Audi's still got it, the V10 Plus does the 0-60 sprint in just 4.3 seconds!
The RS5 and its Cabriolet counterpart had long been the forbidden fruit of the Audi's garden of heart-pounding performance. We first saw the updated performance convertible at Paris, but here is the first time that we are getting it on our shores! It gets the same V8 out of the R8, tuned for 450 horsepower and 317 pound feet of torque. That will get the RS5 Cab to 60 from a standstill in just 4.9 seconds. It does all this while beating the BMW M3 Convertible on fuel economy. As such the RS5 Cabriolet does not demand a gas guzzler tax. Both of these vehicles will be at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, as well as several other new models. These two face-melting performance machines will go on sale in the US this Spring.