Audi has revealed the updated R8 Coupe and Spyder with performance and suspension upgrades, along with rather extensive cosmetic changes and is set hit dealerships in Europe by early 2019.
Promising to deliver instant response, lightning fast revs and a unique sound, the naturally-aspirated V10 engine has been positioned even lower for even lower of gravity.
In the engine compartment, the air filter is situated under a new, three-part cover – available in a choice of plastic or carbon fibre.
Steering response and feedback have been enhanced with modifications on the suspension to provide improved stability and precision. Three additional drive modes have been added – Dry, Wet and Snow.
With the enhanced Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) system, braking distance from 100 km/h to 0 has been reduced by 1.5 metres, 200 km/h to 0 by up to five metres.
Audi is also offering ceramic brake discs as an option along with the front stabiliser that’s made from carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) and aluminum, shedding around two kilograms.
The single biggest change though, has to be the R8’s aesthetics. It wears a more radical but still distinguishable new look with a new front splitter and singleframe radiator grille that is now wider and flatter.
“The new Audi R8 is now even more powerful and faster. With around 50% shared parts with the R8 LMS GT3 and even 60% with the R8 LMS GT4, no other automobile is so close to motor racing as the R8”, said Technical Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH, Oliver Hoffmann.