The new Audi R8 looks like a proper race car!

It’s been only three years since Audi introduced the second-generation R8, and the supercar has already been upgraded to its mid-cycle specs. It’s A bit more aggressive on the outside and now cranks out more power in both standard and beefed-up versions. Previously known as the V10 Plus, the range-topping model was renamed the V10 Performance. The German supercar will go on sale in Europe in early 2019.

The 2019 Audi R8 has More Aggressive Looks

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Inspired by the race-spec R8 LMS, the road-going supercar looks more aggressive than ever.

The Singleframe grille is wider and sharper now, with new vents added above and on the sides.

Three thin vents separate the grille from the hood, while two more separate the headlamps from the frame. The headlamps retain the shape and size of the old model but feature new LED internals.

Audi also revised the side intakes, which are now sharper and backed by small, triangular openings at the edges of the bumper. A wider splitter makes the R8 look like it’s ready to compete in an FIA event.

Changes are rather mild on the sides, but the new 19-inch wheels catch the eye. The rims hide steel discs finished in red as standard, but you can also opt for black. Around back, the new R8 features a full-size grille that stretches over the entire width of the car.

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There’s a new diffuser as well that has been drawn upward for a more aggressive look.

Finally, the rectangular exhaust pipes were replaced by round outlets integrated into silver surrounds.

On top of these changes, you can choose from three exterior packages that add various highlights to the front splitter, the side trims, and the diffuser. Standard specification is high-gloss black, while the V10 Performance comes with matt titanium detailing. You can opt for a high-gloss carbon package for both engine variants.

Optionally, you can also have the Audi rings and badges on the exterior painted in high-gloss black. Two new metallic colors, Kemora Grey and Ascari Blue, round off the updates.

The 2019 Audi R8 has the Same Cockpit

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Audi didn’t say much about the interior but mentioned new color and stitching options, as well as new features from the Audi Exclusive range. Fortunately, it remains driver-focused, and it still looks fresh.

The 2019 Audi R8 is Faster and More Powerful

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By far the most important upgrades were made in the engine compartment.

Thanks to an updated 5.2-liter V-10 engine, the base R8 now benefits from 570 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, or an extra 30 horses and seven pound-feet.

In this setup, the coupe needs 3.4 seconds to hit 62 mph, while the Spyder model gets there in 3.5 clicks. Top speed is rated at 201 mph for the coupe and 200 mph for the convertible.

Moving over to the V10 Performance model, Audi increased output by ten horses and 15 pound-feet to a whopping 620 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of twist. Charging from 0 to 62 mph takes 3.1 seconds in the Coupe and 3.2 clicks in the Spyder. The coupe tops out at 205 mph, while the convertible hits 204 mph.

Audi also added a new particulate filter to reduce emissions more effectively, but actual figures aren’t yet available.

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Further upgrades include a retuned suspension for more stability and precision and the addition of optional dynamic steering and electromechanical power steering.

On the R8 V10 Performance, the three additional driving programs — Dry, Wet, and Snow — alter the key dynamic parameters to the friction coefficient of the road to provide optimum traction.

Thanks to the revised Electronic Stabilisation Control, the R8 V10 Performance brakes from 62 mph to a standstill up to 1.5 meters earlier, while the stopping distance from 124 mph is up to five meters shorter.

Stay tuned for a full review on this car.

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“Born on the track, built for the road.” The volume-production model now follows after the world premiere of the R8 LMS GT3 at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Apart from the sportier design, the Audi R8 Coupé and Spyder have more powerful engines. The models will go on sale in Europe in early 2019.

“The R8 occupies a unique position for Audi in every respect,” says Michael-Julius Renz, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “It’s now even more powerful and faster.” adds Oliver Hoffmann, Technical Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH: “Motorsport is part of our DNA. With around 50 percent shared parts with the R8 LMS GT3 and even 60 percent with the R8 LMS GT4, no other automobile is so close to motor racing as the R8.”

Even more powerful: the engines
Instant response, lightning-fast high-revving and a unique sound – the heart of the Audi R8 is its V10 naturally aspirated engine. It is available to customers in two output ratings. The almost identical drive technology of the V10 engine in the R8 LMS GT3 and R8 LMS GT4 is put to good use on the racetrack. The V10, which is produced at the engine plant in Győr, Hungary, is very compact. A separate radiator controls the temperature of the engine oil, which comes from a dry sump. This principle was adopted from motor racing and allows for an extremely low installation position of the engine, producing a low center of gravity. The pump module operates with multiple suction stages and assures proper lubrication under all conditions – including during lateral acceleration of around 1.5 G, which is possible in the R8. Both engines have a gasoline particulate filter.

Razor-sharp precision: the suspension
Modifications to the suspension provide even more stability and precision. The assistance has been retuned both with the optional dynamic steering and the electromechanical power steering: Steering response and the feedback from the road come across as even more precise across the entire range of speeds.

Depending on the selected engine, the three additional programs dry, wet and snow are added to the well-known Audi drive select modes with the performance mode. They adapt the key dynamic parameters to the friction coefficient of the road. Thanks to the enhanced Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC), the top-of-the-line model brakes from 100 km/h (62.1 mph) to a standstill up to 1.5 meters (4.9 ft) earlier; the stopping distance from 200 km/h (124.3 mph) is up to five meters (16.4 ft) shorter – in each case depending on the exterior conditions.

The new Audi R8 is equipped with factory-installed 19-inch wheels. Ultralight 20-inch fully milled wheels in five-V dynamic design with new summer and sport tires, which convey even more precise handling, are available as an option. Audi offers ceramic brake discs as an alternative to the standard steel discs. The stabilizer at the front is optionally made from carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) and aluminum, which cuts weight by around two kilograms (4.4 lb).

Sharper and tauter: the design
The honed character of the new R8 models also becomes clear visually. The Singleframe radiator grille has a wider, flatter line. Thick bars divide up the large air inlets. Flat slits in the hood are reminiscent of the Audi Ur-quattro brand icon. The new front splitter is now wider, as is the striking low-set air vent grille at the rear. The grille rounds off the diffuser that extends quite some way up. All of which underlines the sporty look of the Audi R8. In the engine compartment the air filter is situated under a new, three-part cover – available in a choice of plastic or carbon fiber.

R8 customers can choose from up to three exterior packages, depending on the engine variant; these packages add various highlights to the front splitter, the side trims and the diffuser. As an option, the Audi rings and badges on the exterior are painted in high-gloss black. The new metallic colors Kemora Gray and Ascari Blue add to the paint range. The Audi exclusive range gives customers the opportunity to customize many details of their Audi R8 – inside and out.

The new R8 models will be arriving at dealerships in Germany and other European countries in the course of the first quarter of 2019. The models will go on sale in early 2019.

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