2016 Audi R8 Spy Shots, Specs and Review

What you’re going to see is the 2016 Audi R8, the second generation of the R8 supercar. Spy photographers has managed to take some spy shots, the photos revealed that the next generation Audi R8 would get some drastic visual appearance changes better than the current model. First introduced to the public back in 2008 (2006 in Europe), the new R8 will likely be released in 2015.

2016 audi r8 spyshot

The photos you’re currently looking at are the prototype of the next-generation R8. The car has been developed alongside the new Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4, with which it shares a platform, though its sales launch is still about a year away, which means we’re likely to see it list as a 2016 model. In the meantime, Audi has launched one final version of the current R8, the LMX.

Exterior

The spy shots confirm Audi is taking an evolutionary approach with the styling of its new R8. The shots also reveal that Audi’s horizontal themes first shown on the 2016 TT will feature on the 2016 R8. Wider and flatter lights are fitted at both ends and are joined by a more rigid hexagonal grille up front and rectangular exhaust tips at the rear. We can also see the car is getting a massive diffuser tucked into the rear bumper, and the R8’s signature side blades are still present.

2016 audi r8 front look

Interior

Despite sharing a platform with the Huracán, the 2016 R8 will be slightly wider and longer than the Lambo. A new interior is also on tap for the 2016 R8, with our photos revealing the new design will include an LCD gauge cluster, updated dash design and chrome-ringed air vents. Not only will this mean a more spacious cabin, but the ride comfort should be better too—the Huracán has been designed as the more hardcore option, with the Audi positioned as the everyday supercar.

Platform

The car’s platform is a heavily revised version of the current R8’s aluminum structure. The use of carbon fiber in key areas, however, means the new R8 will be significantly stiffer than the current one, and lighter too. Some versions of the 2016 R8 may be as much as 130 pounds lighter than the current car. The current R8 V8 model weighs in at 3,439 pounds, so the redesigned version may end up weighing as little as 3,300 pounds.

2016 audi r78 side view

Engine

Under the hood, the next-generation R8 will be powered by revised version of the naturally aspirated V8 and V10 engines fitted to the current R8. This means a 4.2-liter V-8 in the base car and a 5.2-liter V-10 in the range-topper. The latter is the same engine fitted to the Huracán, though the R8 will likely have its output capped below the 601 horsepower of the Lambo.

Unfortunately, the Audi has decided to remove manual transmission from the new R8. Instead, a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission will be standard. A shot of the interior reveals the cabin details for the first time. We can see that the angular design of the exterior is continued inside, and expect the new 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster already seen in the Huracán and new TT to be fitted here.

2016 audi r8 rear view

Audi has confirmed that the second-generation R8 body will be used for its production R8 e-tron, which will be produced on request starting from next year. Thanks to improvements in battery technology, the range of the car should be about 280 miles. Further down the track, the second-generation R8 will also feature a downsized turbo engine, though this option isn’t expected to be available in the U.S.

Release Date and Price

The 2016 Audi R8 will be produced at Audi’s new Böllinger Höfe plant in Neckarsulm, Germany. We predict that the R8 will be unveiled at the 2014 Paris Auto Show in October. As for base price, expect a slightly higher price than the current R8 starting from around $125,000. More information should be available in the next reveal.

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