Facelifted Audi R8 Will Leave You Hot And Flustered

The facelifted 2019 Audi R8 has been scooped by our spy photographers wearing bright colors and some camouflage over key areas.

These two testers, painted yellow and blue, reveal that exterior styling changes made to the mid-engine supercar will be minimal. Nevertheless, those with a keen eye will be able to notice the differences, most predominantly at the front. Despite the presence of camouflage across the nose, it’s apparent that Audi designers have modified the air intakes and reshaped the grille to make the R8 more appealing than ever before.

Moving to the sides, the presence of camouflage indicates that some new skirts have been designed. At the rear, the facelifted R8 adopts a different mesh grille design which appears to stretch the full width of the car. The presence of a small rear wing, menacing diffuser and larger-than-life tailpipes indicate that these two prototypes could be range-topping R8 GT models.

Upgrades will be found under the skin too.

If a new Audi R8 GT is indeed around the corner, a host of performance changes are inevitable. Power from the naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine could be increased to around 650 hp and possibly as much as 670 hp. We wouldn’t be surprised if the range-topping R8 GT also took some inspiration from the Lamborghini Huracan Performante and its liberal use of active aerodynamic components.

Beyond the R8 GT, it is inevitable that the rest of the R8 range will benefit from the same visual updates. For some time, it was believed that an entry-level R8 with a V6 engine was on the cards but contradictory statements from the German marque leave the future of such a model up in the air. Given the demand for the sole V10 model on offer, it could be hard for Audi to justify diluting the R8 brand with a V6 variant. Or at least that’s what we hope happens.

Either way, the facelifted Audi R8 range, including the GT, should debut before the year is out.

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Photo Credits: CarPix & S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for CarScoops

  • Mind Synthetic

    unimaginative, dull pile of rubbish. stick to making car for “german cement salesmen”.

    • Matthew Boyd

      Are you talking about design? That subjective so thats your opinion, but you def haven’t driven one if your saying it’s dull driving wise. It’s far from it. Any car in the world with a V10 engine is far from dull, even when it’s fitted to a 4,000 lb sedan.

      • Thunderbolt

        They didn’t put in the push start button until 2016 model. I say that’s pretty shitty for the price comparing to other models.

      • Mind Synthetic

        yeah design, it lacks innovation, all generic forms and no commitment to be taken seriously. like a squashed pancake. you buy this if you have zero imagination. obviously its my opinion, i believe this is what comment section was invented for.

    • Puddingpopper

      second R8 should have been the Quattro Anniversario, I’ll take that to the german rock quary

  • Matthew Boyd


  • Alfa Giulia QV

    Looks better already.

  • BoWing

    Ummm, the 80’s Pontiac Trans Am wants there rear spoiler back? Cheap spoiler in the back makes the Audi super car so dated and designers/engineers lazy. Why not employ a dynamic spoiler and better ground effects to make the car look supper classy and timeless like the original R8? Current design is main reason new R8 sales are poor is because flat panel design language for new Audi’s does not translate well on new R8. People want round and “sexy” lines…like the original R8! Also, bring back the original iconic side blade. In other words, design is too boring for an Audi halo super car. P.S. I saw 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus in a neighborhood and the only exciting thing about it was the outlandish Vegas Yellow paint bush, otherwise rubbish…

  • Honda NSX-R

    Looking good

  • SteersUright

    I love this car. I know its looks are arguably largely outdated by now, but I’m still so glad Audi makes it as it means more and more of these beauties will be available as used cars for us regular folk. And, I personally still find them striking when they drive by me unlike what I can say for many other sports cars.

  • S3XY

    Looks just the same as the previous one.

  • baofe

    I have yet to see Audi make a better looking flagship than the original R8. Here’s hoping this facelift will do just that!

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