Following the global debut of the new Audi R8 LMS GT3 at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the German premium carmaker is introducing the new Audi R8. The refreshed version of the Audi R8 boasts of a sharper look and better performance made possible by more powerful V10 engines and a modified suspension system.
As part of the upgrade of the new Audi R8, the premium carmaker is implementing a change in designation. From now on, the Audi R8 Coupé V10 and R8 Spyder V10 will be known as the Audi R8 Coupé V10 quattro and R8 Spyder V10 quattro. On the other hand, the Audi R8 Coupé and R8 Spyder V10 plus will be designated as Audi R8 Coupé performance Quattro and R8 Spyder V10 performance quattro. Audi plans to commence sales of the new R8 in the first quarter of 2019 in Germany and other markets in Europe.
Under the hood of the Audi R8 V10 quattro is a V10 naturally aspirated engine that has powered up by 22 kW (30 hp) and 10 Nm (7.4 lb.-ft.) to 419 kW (570 hp) of max output and 550 Nm (405.7 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. This allows the Audi R8 Coupe V10 quattro to sprint from zero to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 3.4 seconds and the R8 Coupe V10 quattro in 3.5 seconds. Top speeds are 324km/h (201.3 mph) for the Coupe and 322 km/h (200.1 mph) for the Spyder.
On the other hand, the Audi R8 V10 performance quattro is powered by a 5.2-liter FSI V10 engine that has been improved from 449 kW (610 hp) and 560 Nm (413.0 lb.-ft.) to 456 kW (620 hp) of output and 580 Nm (427.8 lb.-ft.) of torque. The R8 Coupe V10 performance quattro can sprint from nil to (62.1 mph) in 3.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 331 km/h (205.7 mph). On the other hand, the R8 Spyder V10 performance Quattro can complete the sprint in 3.2 seconds and reach a max speed of 329 km/h (204.4 mph).
Overall, the exterior of the new Audi R8 now looks sharper. The center section of the Singleframe radiator grille is now wider and features thick bars separating the large air inlets. Its front splitter is now wider while air vent grille on the rear end runs now extends across the entire tail. Three exterior packages are available depending on the engine variant, adding highlights to the front splitter, the side trims and the diffuser. These highlights are in high-gloss black on the R8 V10 quattro and are in matte titanium look for the R8 V10 performance quattro. A high-gloss carbon package can be availed for both engine variants.
Inside, the new Audi R8 interior can be availed with new optional colors as well as with the R8 performance design package.
Supporting the increased power of the new Audi R8 are modifications to its suspension system as well as improved steering response. The new Audi R8 rides on factory-installed 19-inch wheels, although it can be equipped with 20-inch wheels in five-V dynamic design with new summer and sport tires.