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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As we previously stated, the next-generation Audi R8 will adopt a new design look with elements inspired by the R8 E-tron concept. The front end receives a new single-frame grille plus new headlights with matrix-beam LED lights.
Around back, the our rendering shows the larger air intakes and heat extractors to ensure a better cooling for the more powerful engines. Additionally, we expect to see revised taillights, tailpipes and diffuser.
By the time Audi brings the new R8 on the market, Maserati should also unveil a new-generation GranTurismo. Rumors suggest the new model will be smaller and lighter than the model it replaces and will also feature a more aggressive design.
Updates will include all-new headlights and taillights, a redesigned front grille, a larger lip spoiler, and larger air intakes. Under the hood, the model will likely feature the company’s new V-8 engine developed by Ferrari at Maranello.
Earlier this year, Aston Martin decided to replace the current V12 Vantage with a model powerful Vantage S version — we expect this model to carry through the 2016 model year with minimal changes.
The V12 Vantage S is powered by an AM28 6.0-liter V-12 engine that delivers a total of 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. This output is enough to sprint the car up to a top speed of 205 mph.
Gallery Aston Martin V12 Vantage S
The new generation Porsche 911 Turbo was just dropped onto the market fir 2014, so it will likely be a worthy adversary for the next-gen R8.
The new 911 Turbo is powered by a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine with that delivers a total of 560 horsepower in the S version. This power is enough to sprint the Turbo S from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 197 mph.
Gallery Porsche 911 Turbo
Audi unveiled the R8 road car at the Paris Auto Show on 30 September 2006 and put it on sale later in 2007 on the European market and in 2008 on the U.S. The model was initially offered in a coupe version powered by a 4.2 liter V-8 engine with an output of 414 horsepower. Next the model received a Spyder version and in 2008 a more powerful V10 version. This version arrived on the U.S. later in 2009.
It was powered by a 5.2 FSI V-10 engine with an output of 525 horsepower. Just like with the V-8 version, the new V-10 also received a spyder version later in 2009.
In 2010 Audi unveiled the R8 GT - a special edition based on the V-10 version limited to just 333 units. For the GT version the V-10 engine was improved to deliver a total of 552 horsepower. The GT Spyder version arrive in 2011.
In 2014 all the models were updated with a new single-frame grille, new bumpers and new headlights. In the same time Audi unveiled the R8 V-10 Plus, a model powered by a same 5.2-liter engine that comes in the R8 V-10, with the output increased to 550 horsepower.