Everyone knows that once an updated version was revealed, a model is preparing to enter a new generation. This is exactly what it will happen with the Audi R8 : it entered the market back in 2008 (2006 in Europe), then received an updated for 2014 (2013 for Europe) and now, Audi is preparing to unveil a new-generation R8.
The new R8 will continue to share its platform with the next-gen Lamborghini Gallardo , but Audi will focus on making it lighter and more powerful. Also, while remaining faithful to its roots, the next R8 will adopt a radical new look with lots of design elements inspired by the R8 E-tron concept car, including the single-frame grille and the matrix-beam LED lights.
Audi will also install many new elements made in carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), most likely the bonnet and roof. These new elements, combined with the new Multimaterial Spaceframe body used in the R8 e-tron, will make the next R8 lighter than the current model.
As is typical for the R8, the new generation will be offered in both V-8 and V-10 versions, with both receiving power and fuel economy boosts. Rumors point toward the V-8 version will delivering up to 450 horsepower and the the V-10 version delivering up to 570 horsepower — a gain of 20 and 50 horsepower, respectively. Both engines will feature cylinder deactivation and stop-start technology to help boost fuel economy by about 10%.
Expect to see the new Audi R8 sometime in the 2016 model year (2015 in Europe), with a roadster version to follow late in the same model year.
Updated 06/19/2013: British magazine AutoExpress is offering a series of new details on the next generation Audi R8.
Updated 07/15/2013: We have created an all-new rendering and added a few extra details on the upcoming 2016 R8.
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