Scoop: 2019 Audi R8 Facelift Looks More Determined Than Ever

With recent reports talking about Audi killing the R8 completely in 2020, this could be the last iteration of the German mid-engined supercar.

Audi is working on the mid-life update of the R8 and this test car is the first one to show up in front of our spies’ lens wearing what looks like final production bodywork under a thin camouflage wrap.

The differences are more than noticeable, as the test car features a wider front grille along with more pronounced air intakes and a totally redesigned rear end below the taillights. The rear end now gets bigger outlets and a set of massive circular exhaust tips, instead of the trapezoidal ones of the current model.

The new exhaust system also allowed Audi to fit a wider rear diffuser, which indicates that the facelifted model will get a more capable aero agenda than before.

Inside the new Audi R8 is expected to receive the latest bells and whistles of the German company, including the new version of the Digital Cockpit. Small design changes are also on the table, including a redesign for the steering wheel and new trim options.

Audi’s halo performance model will continue using the naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10, which is expected to gain a few horses. However, there have been a few reports suggesting that Audi is also planning to introduce a new entry-level model powered by a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6, jointly developed with Porsche.

The facelifted version of the Audi R8 should probably debut late this year, with sales to start in early 2019.

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  • Six_Tymes

    Its always been a sharp looking sports car, and it always looks better in person than in pictures. This new face-lift really is shaping up, it looks very good. it’ll be kind of sad to see it go, but understandably so since not enough people buy. I am curious about this V6T, but I have said from the beginning, when they had a chance a few years ago to use the 4.0T they should have, instead of the V10.

    • botornot387

      It’s not that enough people don’t buy it. Audi is placing all of its bets on EV’s and instead of continuing to develop this platform, they are going to move to an EV. This model was destined to be on the next 911 platform which can accommodate both rear and midengine configuration. The R8 was never meant to be high production, and actually sells in decent numbers considering there is no true base model like the last gen

  • lagunas3ca

    Would be nice to see an entry-level V6T take some of the spotlight away from the mid-engine Crovette, especially a V6T with this facelift. That big bore exhaust should be reserved for the V10.

  • GobbleUp

    Like a 911, this looks too much the same as the old. Needed a whole new look to compete at $200k prices. In that range people want something more exotic, not VW boring.

    • Mynameis Taylor

      you think the R8 is boring? This car is not nearly as pedestrian as a VW and is certainly more exotic than a 911.

    • botornot387

      There is a reason why these cars don’t change. Customers want it that way, and they retain more value over mainstream cars which change quickly and have no value. True luxury and exotic design is marked by evolutionary changes. Lambo and Ferrari continue to modernize the same designs for the same reason.

  • LWOAP

    It already looks better too. The front of the current R8 is such a turnoff.

  • Soob

    That new front end looks better then the current one.

  • Honda NSX-R

    I like what they did with the front

  • Chad L

    Waiting for an X-tomi or Gboxx rendering

  • SteersUright

    This car has such beautifully timeless design that it remains rather ageless, despite not being the most exciting thing to look at simply because its been around a while.
    That said, a HUGE part of the appeal is the music made by the V8 and then V10’s. This 2.9V6 better be tremendously improved over the sound it makes in the RS5 and other applications or this won’t be a truly applying R8 whatsoever.

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