The R8 5.2 (pictured top) gets full LED lighting for high and low beams, turn signals, and daytime running lamps. The center grill gets chrome accenting to further distinguish it from the V-8 model (below).
Audi is the world's first automaker to use LEDs for the high beam, low beam, daytime running lights, and turn signals. Each headlight integrates 54 of these high-tech light sources. With a color temperature of 6,000 Kelvin the LED light closely resembles daylight, which is less tiring to the eyes in night driving. Further advantages of the LEDs include brilliant illumination, low energy consumption, and a virtually unlimited service life.
Out back, the R8 5.2 gets an all-black license plate surround (versus the color keyed V-8) and a new diffuser below the bumper. The V-8's quad exhaust tips have been replaced with more prominent dual tips for the V-10.
Audi magnetic ride adapts the characteristics of the suspension in milliseconds to the nature of the road surface and to the driving style. Suspended in the oil of the shock absorbers are tiny magnetic particles which, when a voltage is applied, rearrange themselves so as to slow down the flow of oil through the valves.