The Audi R8 has over a decade of wowing motorheads and with each new refresh comes innovative, exciting things in design and performance. Audi’s flagship mid-engined supercar was introduced in 2006. It was first conceived as the Audi LeMans Quattro concept car which was presented to the public at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show. Since then, the R8 has undergone many changes. The car’s design was first based on the Lamborghini Gallardo and currently the Lamborghini Huracán. The Audi R8 is exclusively designed, developed, and manufactured by Audi AG’s private subsidiary company Audi Sport GmbH, which manufactures high performance automotive parts. This two-seater does an amazing job of combining comfort, style, and function in a beautiful, smart package.
Sleek, sporty, and aggressive look
The R8’s new facelift gives it a more aggressive. The new front end features a larger, wider, and more angular single frame grille stretching closer to the headlights. The three inlets flanking the grille are larger as well and have integrated air curtains. These design updates emphasize how wide and low the car is. A deeper front splitter and additional triangular intakes at each side of the front end are also new for the R8. The new slits on the bonnet pay homage to the iconic Audi Sport quattro rally car from the 1980s. Those slits are also part of the designs on the latest Audi A1 Sportback and will likely appear on other new Audi Sport models too.
The changes at the rear are more pronounced, including large oval outlets and a massive rear diffuser. The rear grille is wider and the diffuser now extends upwards to meet the rear bumper, wrapping itself around the bigger oval tailpipes. The 19-inch wheels come standard, but lightweight 20-inch rims are also available. The new R8 is available in shiny, new metallic colorways of Kemora Gray and Ascari Blue.
Improved driving experience and more power
The updated suspension gives the R8 better stability, more precise handling, and better response and feedback. The R8 also features all-weather driveability with the Dynamic Select system. Select from dry, wet, and snow drive modes. The new electronic stabilization control has also been updated with top-spec brakes so the R8 stops sooner. The R8 can stop nearly five feet closer from 62 mph.
The R8 is powered from a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine in two different outputs for both the Coupe and Spyder. The base engine has increased in hp and torque, now making 562 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. An upgrade to the V10 Performance model gives you 612 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque. The base model can hit 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds. The Performance can get that speed close to 3 seconds.
The R8 has some cool added options, like carbon-ceramic brakes and a front anti-roll bar made from aluminum and carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic. The R8 can also have gloss-black badges now and have three different exterior trim packages available. These add flair to the front splitter, side skirts, and rear diffuser. No word on U.S. specs or dates yet, but the new R8 will hit the European market in early 2019. Learn More