Revised Audi R8 to be unveiled at Le Mans

Audi plans to send its first-generation Audi R8 out on a high with a brand new version that will have a limited run edition and will feature some attractive add-ons.

The new and improved version of what was already considered an exceptional car will be unveiled at a special ceremony that will fittingly be held at the Le Mans 24 Hours in France later this year.

This supercar will feature a retuned version of the former R8 GT's V10 5.2-litre engine and the new rear-drive GT will have a six-speed gearbox (manual) fitted as standard.

A seven-speed double clutch automatic is offered in the four-wheel drive model, which is expected to achieve 0-62 mph in 3.4 seconds and is likely to have a top speed of 199mph. Official performance figures relating to the new supercar have not yet been released, but experts have suggested that it will exceed the current 0-62 in 3.6 seconds.

The bodywork has also been amended. The new Audi R8 has been given a front splinter that is more prominent, several large air ducts at the sides and a more than generous rear wing.

The name of the new car is expected to be the R8GT Plus, and a Spyder version is due out in 2014.