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Audi R8, Audi R8 Spyder: Caught testing new S-tronic transmission

Audi R8, Audi R8 Spyder

An Audi R8 and an Audi R8 Spyder have been caught testing a new S-tronic transmission in the Alps. A must see!

Is Audi readying a new dual-clutch transmission for its R8? It appears that way, since spies caught two Audi R8s testing in the Austrian Alps, loaded to the gills with a vast array of testing sensors and equipment.

The mountain range where these prototypes were caught is a known testing center for two primary automotive concerns – brakes and transmissions. Close inspection of the interior shots seems to narrow down these prototypes as transmission testbeds. A printed sign inside the R8 coupe tester is partially visible, which reads: “Kupplung sehr empfindlich”, meaning that the clutch is very sensitive, or touchy. A further rough translation of the sign goes on to encourage caution, because the clutch is prone to grinding. It seems clear that the transmissions in play here are in an early stage of development and represent a marked change over the current R8’s R-Tronic gearbox.