It is not a secret that Audi is working on the next-generation R8, but today we found out more details regarding the upcoming supercar. According to Audi bosses who confirmed to Autocar, the new Audi R8 will follow the same general layout as the Huracan, just like the current version did with the Gallardo.
Still, it appears that the new Audi R8 will include wider tracks and a longer wheelbase. The rear end will be wider than the current model and will offer a larger air diffuser.
The next-generation Audi R8 will be powered by the same 5.2-liter V10 engine found on the new Lamborghini LP 610-4 Huracan, capable to generate 610 hp (448 kW) and a maximum torque of 560 Nm.
Just like the Huracan, we expect the new R8 to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.2 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 9.9 seconds, while top speed will be in excess of 320 km/h or 200 mph.
The R8 will also be offered with the smaller 4.2-liter V8 that will deliver more than the current model’s 430 hp. Bothe engines will be offered with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and in all-wheel-drive dorm only.
In addition, the new Audi R8 will use plenty of components made from aluminum in order to save weight. Next-gen Audi R8 will keep the same basic dimensions as the current model, while styling updates will include new front air intakes, a smaller grille as well as redesigned headlights.
The front of the new Audi R8 reveals a new singleframe grille. By having those tapered top corners, it is able to attract attention much more easily. It has a high-gloss black finish with the V10 variants having the struts decorated with fine chrome strips. Looking at the grille, it is clear that the four Audi rings are not present and instead been placed on the hood.
Audi revealed as well that it redesigned the bumper. Regardless of the variant, the R8 will have the black air intakes which channel air to the radiator directly. The brakes meanwhile show three crossbars. Then there is a front splitter composed of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer, or CFRP. This feature however is offered more as an option. The slight changes done to the singleframe grille along with the matt Titanium Gray air intakes more than imply the special position that this top model occupies.
One feature is the loop, which is a wrap-around curve. What the loop does is to connect, in a visual manner, the front, flanks, rear, and wheel wells, of the R8. With the cabin being positioned far to the front, it helps showcase the mid-engine concept.
Under the Coupé, the upright air intakes that have been placed on the front of the wheels in the rear, also known as sideblades, reveals where the engine is positioned. Further, the sideblade on the right has a gas cap in solid aluminum. Meanwhile the R8 Spyder, rather than having sideblades, come with large air intakes that have been sculpted athletically on the flanks.
It is worth noting that with one look, it is easy to see that the R8 is truly Audi’s dynamic spearhead. When it comes to dimensions, the R8 measure 14.57 feet (4.44 meters) long, 6.23 feet (1.90 meters) wide, and a height of 4.10 feet (1.25 meters).
The R8 Spyder though is a bit lower having a height at 4.07 feet (1.24 meters). No doubt the R8 has a hunkered down and wide road stance. The exterior also shows the sculpturally arched surfaces which are bordered with sharp lines. Adding in new details allow this high-performance sports car to have a more unique and sharper appearance.