The updated Audi R8 supercar has been revealed in hardtop coupe and soft-top Spyder forms. Keep reading for the car’s full price, specs and release date
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- Upgraded Audi R8 supercar revealed
- More power from V10 engine
- Tweaked suspension for better handling
- New styling
- Goes on sale in 2019
e2019 Audi R8 price and release date
The new Audi R8 will go on sale in the UK in early 2019. Audi hasn’t announced how much it’ll cost, but it isn’t expected to set you back significantly more than the outgoing model. Coupe versions will cost from around £130,00 while open-topped Spyder models will set you back around £5,000 more. That’s approximately the same price as a Porsche 911 Turbo, and almost £15,000 less than an AMG GT R.
2019 Audi R8 styling
The changes to the Audi R8 are pretty subtle. The low-slung shape, signature contrasting air intakes and huge wheels remain, but the side skirts feature new black-coloured inserts and a modified grille takes pride of place in the front bumper. Instead of the outgoing car’s vertical blades under the headlights, you get a set of more curvaceous fins and slits borrowed from the R8 LMS GT3 racing car. The trio of vents in the Audi R8’s bonnet has been inspired by the famous Quattro rally car from the 1980s, but you’ll also find them on the much more modest A1 city car.
At the rear, the R8’s two open grilles beneath the brake lights are joined by a broad piece of black plastic and the outgoing car’s quartet of exhausts have been replaced by a pair of colossal pipes – just like in the firm’s RS models.
The various contrasting trim pieces on the R8’s bumpers, sills and intakes come in gloss black as standard, while faster Performance versions get a matte titanium finish. You can have the new model fitted with carbon fibre trim pieces, too.
2019 Audi R8 interior
There are no changes to the Audi R8 interior. You sit just as close to the road in equally supportive leather seats. You also get a widescreen digital driver’s display and three climate control dials with built-in displays that take the place of any unsightly buttons on the dashboard or centre console.
2019 Audi R8 engine
Purists will be happy to hear the old R8’s naturally-aspirated (non-turbocharged) 5.2-litre V10 has been carried over for the new car. A few mechanical nips and tucks mean it now produces 570hp instead of 540hp as standard, however. If that doesn’t sound fast enough for you, the R8 Performance model pumps out a whopping 620hp – that’s 10hp more than the R8 Plus, which it replaces.
As a result, every new R8 will reach at least 200mph – unlike the old model that would run out of puff at between 197mph and 205mph depending on which model you chose. The new version accelerates faster than the outgoing car, too – the standard Coupe reaches 62mph from rest in 3.1 seconds while the Spyder completes the same sprint in just 3.2 seconds. As a result, both are 0.3 seconds faster to reach 62mph from rest than the cars they replace.
Performance versions hit the magic 62mph mark from a standstill in 3.1 seconds and 3.2 seconds in coupe and soft-top guise respectively – both a tenth of a second faster than before.
2019 Audi R8 driving
Even if you regularly drive your R8 on a race track, you probably won’t notice these subtle improvements – more apparent will be the changes to the Audi R8’s steering and suspension systems. Audi claims these tweaks help you tell the difference between the comfort, auto and dynamic driving modes and make the R8 feel more responsive than ever.
Bookmark this page to read a full review of the new Audi R8 in the coming months.