The facelifted Audi R8 has been revealed (in both Coupé and Spyder form), boasting a sharper design and increased power from its naturally aspirated V10. Interestingly, the V10 Plus range-topper has been renamed “V10 performance quattro”.
So, just how much more oomph does the refreshed R8 possess? Well, the 5,2-litre ten-cylinder in the base model has had its peak power hiked from 397 kW to 419 kW, while maximum torque is boosted by 10 N.m to 550 N.m. The result is a sprint from zero to 100 km/h in a claimed 3,4 seconds (for the Coupé; the Spyder takes one-tenth longer) before topping out at 324 km/h (or two units lower for the convertible).
The flagship model, meanwhile, now makes 456 kW (up from 449 kW) and 580 N.m (an increase of 20 N.m), with the hardtop hitting 100 km/h from standstill in a claimed 3,1 seconds (and, again, the open-top model taking one-tenth longer). Top speed is capped at 331 km/h (or 329 km/h for the Spyder). Both versions of Audi Sport’s free-breathing V10 are now fitted with a particulate filter so as to meet the new WLTP regulations.
In addition, the Ingolstadt-based brand says modifications to the suspension and steering systems have resulted in “even more stability and precision”, while also claiming the drive select dynamic handling system modes have been “even more sharply” separated from one other.
Furthermore, the flagship gains three additional settings: dry, wet and snow. Audi says braking performance has also been improved, while the facelifted Audi R8 now ships standard on 19-inch alloys, with 20-inch items offered as an option.
In terms of styling, the updated R8’s grille boasts a wider, flatter line, while thick bars divide up the large air inlets, and three slits at the front edge of the bonnet provide a nod to the past (something we also saw on the new A1 Sportback revealed earlier in 2018). The new front splitter is wider, while under the bonnet the air filter is sited under a three-part cover, offered in a choice of plastic or carbon-fibre. Little appears to have changed at the rear.
Three exterior packages will be offered. Inside, new colour options include pastel silver with rock grey contrasting stitching, palomino brown with steel grey stitching, and black with utopia blue stitching.