New Audi R8 spied ahead of 2015 launch

10 Apr, 2014 12:00pm Jordan Bishop

Audi R8 spied testing at the Nurburgring in reduced camouflage, goes on sale next year for just under £100,000

Our spies have caught a virtually undisguised Audi R8 testing at the Nurburgring.

We first spotted a prototype for the new supercar last month, although it appears to have dispensed with much of the heavy camouflage this time around, giving us a better idea of how the second-gen model will look.

The overall design hasn’t been radically altered, with Audi looking to update and modernise rather than reinvent the R8. Look closely however, and there are clear – if subtle – revisions to the original car’s styling.

Up front the grille has been lowered and the gaping air vents downsized for a start, giving the redesigned front fascia a more aggressive look. The well-spaced horizontal slats also look set to be replaced by a closely-weaved mesh, a trend carried through to the rear air outlets, too.

Down the flanks, the panels are more highly sculpted and the air intakes concealed by the trademark sideblades look wider. It’s still hard to tell in these pictures, but the blades themselves may not extend as high up on the new R8, cutting off at the waistline instead.

The biggest changes feature at the rear though, which has been redesigned to include an aero-optimised rear diffuser and new squared-off exhausts that nestle below the now angular bumper. The roofline flows back further on the new car as well, helping increase the size of the rear window and offering a more tapered transition towards the back.

It’s impossible to make out from these images, but the interior will receive a thorough overhaul, and is rumoured to resemble that of the new TT. Audi is also making use of weight-saving techniques learned from its R8 LMS racer, and will share its mid-engine platform with the Lamborghini Huracan.

We still don’t know for certain what will feature under the 2015 R8’s bonnet, but it’s likely to come with revised versions of the current V8 and V10 with more power and better fuel efficiency. Audi may also add a plug-in hybrid to its range.  

The new R8 V8 is set to start at just under £100,000 when it arrives next year.

 

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If the previous one is anything to go by, this should be a good (but a little boring).

As a child, I believed that what made a car and supercar was the open gate box - I guess manufacturers and their indecently rich customers
wouldn't agree.

I'm presume this new R8 won't be offered with a manual transmission, potentially making the current R8 the last ever supercar to be fitted with a real snickity-snick open-gate gearbox. Sad.

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