Oh, I've never been so excited about an Audi before – this new 'regeneration' of the R8 is just ticking all those boxes! The German car manufacturer has just revealed all the juicy information about its updated R8 supercar, including a new look and more power. Let's get into the dirty details...
The two styles they are showing are classic from Audi on its R8 range - the Coupé and the Spyder. The updates apply across the full R8 range, including the V10 Performance model that replaces the V10 Plus as the fastest supercar in the range. The face now has a meaner, more angular appearance, while the tailpipes have been swapped from an edgy rectangular shape to ovals, giving it a much more aggressive look – who doesn't love curves?
New and decadent paint colours are available too, for example the stunning Ascari Blue shade you see in the pictures here. Team that with a choice of 19in or 20in Alloy rims, depending how bling you are and specially crafted items for your Performance model are ready for you to polish on your weekends. The interior hasn't changed much, apart from rather tasty Alcantara trim but nothing feels better.
Or don't polish in fact! Seeing that the Performance options are matte black badges, carbon side blades, black detailing around headlights and matt black titanium exhaust surrounds - why would you? Also, those big honeycomb grills have a use, they aren't just for looks, enlarged for greater air intake and cooling for that V10 heart. Fancy thinking.
Go for the heart
Both engines are still classic of the R8 but now with added power! From this 5.2-litre V10, with the help of the ECU and other cleaver tinkering, the standard R8 has gone from 533bhp to 562bhp, whereas the V10 Performance isn't that much higher than last time - 603bhp to 611bhp. Still, better than a smack in the face.
The standard V10 can go from a standstill to 62Mph in 3.4 seconds, not bad at all and the Performance will do that in 3.1 seconds! Oh, and the Spyder isn't too shabby either, with its top off, just take a millisecond off those times.
The power boosts aren't just for fun either, they help with additional weight of the new emissions-reducing technology, 20kg doesn't sound a lot, but that's 38% of my body weight extra, to make sure they meet the new WLTP regulation standards. Boo! No, that's good, right?
Taut with a control complex
Suspension and grip is as important as the engine and how sharp it looks. Without it, we would look good crashing into a tree and bursting into flames - not what we want. Retuned driving assistance promises better response and feedback to the driver whether they've opted for the trick dynamic steering option or the more traditional electromechanical set-up.
More driving modes have been added to the party - dry, wet and snow - but depending on what engine you finally go for. Thanks to a upgraded ESC, pair that with the top-line model brakes the stopping distance has dropped, massively. Try 62Mph to zero in 1.5 meters, that is shorter than me! Have another go, double that speed - 124Mph to standstill - done in 5 meters! That... is not shorter than me but of course, it always depends on the conditions.
It's a good thing the lovely new alloy rims have some brand spanking new Michelin tyres with them, lasting longer and grips harder. Harder, better, faster... erm, sexier? Yea, that will do it perfectly for me.
I think it proves a point
I normally don't like an Audi, they just never did anything for me, never took my eye but now, the R8 is very high on my list. It's ticked all my boxes on my favorite cars: Good looking, slightly practical and sleek. It looks comfy without looking lumpy, sharp edges that I could cut myself on and a system I can rely on too, I mean... What's not to love?
The beast is now the beauty. What do you think?