At this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, Audi is preparing to unveil the facelifted version of the R8 GT. At least this is what Autocar says, but we will be there this weekend so you will get fresh photos with the new car if the British magazine is right.
The car, which was recently caught by spy photographers during testing at the Nurburgring race track, will be powered by an upgraded version of the 5.2-liter V10 engine.
Moreover, a six-speed manual gearbox will be offered as standard on the rear-drive GT, but Audi will offer an optional seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox as well as a four-wheel-drive version. The new Audi R8 GT is expected to zoom from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds and will have a top speed of 199 mph or almost 320 km/h.
In terms of design, the new Audi R8 GT is expected to receive a more prominent front spoiler, larger air inlets and a new rear wing.
The new design seen on the brand new Audi R8 is also expected to be seen on the new R8 GT. Changes include new headlights and rear lights as well as minor cosmetic tweaks both inside and out.
Just by looking at the new Audi R8, it is quite easy to tell that this vehicle is the brand’s new frontliner. Featuring a wide yet hunkered down stance, the new Audi R8 measures 4.44 meters (14.57 feet) in length, 1.90 m (6.23 ft) in width and 1.25 m (4.10 ft.) in height – although the Spyder version sits a bit lower at 1.24 m (4.07 ft). Its appearance is even made more distinctive by its arched surfaces and sharp lines as well as by a number of new details.
Interestingly, the front end, the wheel wells, the flanks and the rear end are visually linked through the so-called loop, which is essentially a wrap-around contour. The new Audi R8 Coupe features a cabin set to the front and sideblades -- upright air intakes located in front of the rear wheels – thereby conveying its mid-engine concept. The sideblade on the right flank features the solid aluminum gas cap. These sideblades are non-existent on the Spyder, and are replaced by large air intakes seemingly sculpted out of the flanks.
Up front, the new Audi R8 features a new high-gloss black Singleframe grille which has top corners that have been tapered. V10 versions of the R8 feature struts accentuated by fine chrome strips. Moreover, the four Audi rings are now placed on the bonnet, rather on the grille. All Audi R8 models now feature three crossbars on the black air intakes for the radiator as well as on the brakes. In addition, the new Audi R8 is provided with a redesigned bumper.
Amazingly, the new Audi R8 could be fitted with an optional front splitter, which is made from carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP). However, this front splitter is standard on the V10 model, which is further distinguished by subtle tweaks to the Singleframe grille as well as matt Titanium Gray air intakes.