Audi unveiled today the facelifted version of the R8 sports car. As expected, the car comes with a new set of impressive headlights showing the latest LED technology but also with new rear indicator lights with dynamicized display. Moreover, the car features a new single-frame grille with the beveled upper corners painted high-gloss black and with horizontal chrome inserts (on V10 models).
A new front bumper was also installed featuring new air inlets bearing three crossbars each. As an option, the German manufacturer can install a front splitter made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), while on the R8 V10 Plus this is available as standard.
The vent louvers next to the rear window have an aluminum look on the R8 V10 Coupé (matt black on the R8 V8 Coupé and R8 V10 plus). The new R8 will be available in two solid colors Ibis White and Brilliant Red, in four metallic shades and with five pearl effect / crystal effect coatings.
The side blades are available in eight colors, while the soft top of the R8 Spyder comes in black, red or brown.
Set to hit the dealerships by the end of the year, the R8 V8 Coupe is priced from EUR 113,500, while the Spyder will cost EUR 124,800. The R8 V10 Coupe will cost EUR 154,600, while the R8 V10 Spyder will be priced at EUR 165,900. The R8 V10 plus costs EUR 173,200.
Through the revised R8, Audi hopes to show the world what the new ultra-lightweight construction technology can offer. That being said, the most significant aspect of using this technology would be its application on the body. By using the Audi Space Frame, composed of aluminum, the body stands to weigh at 462.97 lbs. (210 kg). Compared to a body that uses a steel structure, the R8 is lighter by as much as 40%.
For the R8 Spyder, even the cloth top that is electro-hydraulically activated measures about 467.20 lbs. (216 kg). In addition to being light, the Audi Space Frame also serves as the basis for handling that is not only dynamic but safe and precise. High passive safety is guaranteed as well. In terms of design, the exterior has been improved and is put on an entirely different level.
Audi said that all variants will have the redesigned LED headlights and rear lights fitted as standard. Meanwhile the single-frame grille on the front now comes with more narrowed corners on its top portion. On the rear, eyes will surely be focused on the round and large tailpipes plus the diffuser, which itself has a new design. The diffuser placed on the V10 version follows a different form and it is composed of carbon-fiber reinforced polymer.
Another standard feature on all models is the dynamic turn signals placed on the rear lights, though this is also considered as a first for the brand. Using LEDs, the turn signals start from the inside and go outwards in the same direction as the driver is trying to go through.
Two engines will be offered for the R8 with the first one being the V8 engine and despite being paired with a manual six-speed transmission, it weighs about 3,439.21 (1,560 kg). For the V10-engined versions, it will also have manual transmission and weighs at about 3,461.26 lbs. (1,570 kg). Audi revealed though that its engineering team has managed to reduce the weight by an extra 110.23 lbs. (50 kg) for the top model.