There are cars, and then there are sports cars. And then, there are supercars. The Audi R8 is one such piece of glorious machinery. Instantly recognizable, and ever-desirable, the R8 has a rich pedigree. But therein lays the challenge for engineers that are constantly trying to better these marvels. As Audi GmbH chief Stephan Reil puts it, “A timeless sports car like the R8 doesn’t need changes, it needs to be optimized.” For 2013, Audi developed a new dual-clutch transmission for the R8. Underneath the beautiful sheet metal, you’ll find the Aluminum Audi Space Frame that we got to see firsthand this summer. To ensure quality control, one of Audi’s finest informs us they have to take the R8 on to the Autobahn. You can see what goes in to making the R8 in the Video below.
The race-inspired 2013 Audi S8 builds on the Audi A8, adding a sportier dynamic that the whole family can enjoy. Impressively, Audi is able to crank out 512 horses from its new 4.0-liter V-8. The 2013 S8 is featured in Audi’s new “Suspect” commercial. A typical heist scene is set, but you soon find out things aren’t what they appear. You can check out the new 2013 Audi S8 spot below.