Audi has taken the covers off its 2019 version of the R8.
This mid-life update of the second generation supercar has brought a refreshed exterior design, additional power and improved dynamism with steering and suspension alterations. On the outside, Audi has made minor changes including making the grille lower and wider to be more in line with other recent models, the headlights have also moved further apart. The signature LED daytime running lights remain in place.
A new front splitter has also been added, with larger side skirts and air intakes also included in the updated design. A full-width honeycomb grille has also been added at the back. The new Performance name replaces the V10 Plus moniker, whilst both the Performance and standard models receive a boost in power from the naturally-aspirated V10 engines they have on-board.
The standard edition now comes with an increase of 29bhp taking it from 533bhp to 562bhp whilst the Performance now boasts a 612bhp power unit – 9bhp more than before. This boost in power means that the 0-60mph time drops by 0.1 seconds across the board. The standard Coupe and Spyder get to 60mph in 3.2 and 3.3 seconds, while the Performance Coupe and Spyder reach the mark in 2.9 and 3.0 seconds.
Audi has also altered the steering and suspension setup for improved stability and cornering precision, while also widening the gap between each driving mode – so drivers will be able to feel more of a difference between the Comfort, Auto and Dynamic settings.
Going on sale in early 2019 prices are yet to be confirmed, a slight jump in price to £112,525 for the current R8 is expected.
To stay up to date with updates on the 2019 R8 as well as other new Audi products, contact your nearest JCT600 Audi Centre.
Added: 02 November 2018