The new Audi R8 has been caught in production guise, less than a month before its official debut at the Geneva motor show. It retains its predecessor’s proportions, mid-engine layout and V8/V10 engines.
Design-wise, the second-generation R8 is still easily recognizable as an Audi in supercar clothes. The front end is only modestly reshaped, the more aggressive bumper and all-new grille/air intakes combo being the most obvious differences compared to the current model. A closer inspection reveals new flanks which appear to feature more sculpted panels, as well.
Audi’s upcoming supercar will inherit the conceptual R8 e-tron’s Multimaterial Spaceframe body, consisting of 23 per cent carbon fibre for its chassis. Glass fibre-reinforced polymer suspension springs, CFRP anti-roll bars, ceramic brakes and titanium rear wheel hubs will all help keep the weight below 1,500kg, without compromising performance. Audi is also expected to implement a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) bonnet and roof.
At the heart of the all-new R8 will be reworked versions of the current V8 and V10 engines. Cylinder deactivation and stop-start technology will bring a 10% fuel economy improvement. Power will jump to over 450 HP and 570 HP respectively, corresponding to a hike of at least 25 HP for both versions.
The new R8 V8 is expected to arrive in Audi showrooms early next year, costing from just over 100,000 euros.