Introducing the new Audi R8. Revealed ahead of it’s 2019 release, the face lifted R8 benefits from improved power, torque, suspension, braking and styling. We’ll start with the latter…
If I’m being honest, I already believed the Audi R8 to be one of the nicest looking cars on the road – I didn’t really think there was any room for improvement. The Germans have proved me wrong, however, and it now looks even better.
Tweaks to the grille, splitter, air inlets, rear diffuser and headlights leave the new R8 looking lower, wider and sharper than before. There are new side skirts and two new colour options – Ascari blue and Kemora grey. 19-inch alloys are standard but there is also a 20-inch option, which I imagine will be quite popular. With regards to the interior, not a lot has changed – mainly just new trim options to match the two new colours.
The current generation R8’s 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 is retained but power output is up quite substantially. The standard model now puts out 562bhp, up from 533bhp. The R8 Performance, formerly the ‘Plus’, is boosted up to 611bhp from 603bhp. Obviously, with power comes more speed. In the coupe, 0-62mph takes 3.4 seconds (3.1 in the Performance) and top speed is 201mph (205mph in the Performance). It’s slightly slower in Spyder form but even this is now a 200mph car.
Revisions have been made to the brakes, steering and suspension in order to better handle the extra power. Steel brakes are standard again, carbon ceramics are an optional extra. A new Electronic Stability Control module helps reduce the car’s stopping distance by 1.5 metres at 62mph and as much as 5 metres from 124mph. There are also specific driving modes which, quite cleverly, alter the braking performance depending on levels of grip.
The standard electromechanical steering and the optional Dynamic steering have been improved to give a sharper feel and better feedback from the road surface. Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres are standard with Pilot Cup 2s as an optional extra.
Audi has been keen to link the road-going R8 with it’s racing siblings. They claim 50% is shared with the GT3 racer ad 60% is shared with the GT4, notably the engine and the transmission.
The Germans are yet to reveal how much the 2019 Audi R8 will cost or whether the rear-wheel-drive RWS series will continue with the new model. I’m certainly hoping it does but we should know for sure by the end of the year.