2019 Audi R8 Spyder Makes Topless Spy Debut

Audi started testing the facelifted R8 on public roads earlier this year, with the coupé version being the first to take to the streets.

Now it’s time to take a look at the more desirable R8 Spyder version as it’s taken out of Audi’s facilities to stretch its legs on the open road.

Judging by the design of the signposts and the color of that Renault Scenic taxi, the spy photos appear to have been made in Germany. That makes sense, although the sunny weather isn’t that typical for Audi’s home country. Neither are right-hand drive cars, but someone has to test those as well.

The test driver certainly took advantage of the situation and put the top down to make the most of the route he was embarking on. As with the R8 Coupé spotted earlier this year, the drop-top version will adopt revised front and rear ends for 2019.

As you can see, those are the only areas heavily covered by camouflage foil, with the wheel arches and fenders also getting their share of the psychedelic wrap. In true Audi tradition, we don’t expect the styling changes to be significant.

At the front, a closer look reveals a more aggressive design for the grille and modified air intakes. The rear end adopts a full-width mesh grille, massive diffuser, and huge tailpipes, with the latter indicating the prototype might be the rumored R8 GT Spyder. The camouflage on the sides of the car suggests some changes to the skirts and wheel arches as well.

The refreshed R8 will carry on with the naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine, which might get boosted to around 640 horsepower on the GT models, similar to the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. Expect Audi to launch the facelifted R8 before the end of the year.

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Photo credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for CarScoops

  • Christian

    In some containeres in the middle east, you can be topless as a woman. 😉

    • Vottek Mäxle

      Don’t lose your head!

      • Christian

        where’s your head at by asement jaxx – great one hit wonders…

  • botornot387

    So glad they went back to the large oval tailpipes on this car. That is something that Audi Sport shouldn’t move away from on RS cars. It’s so much better than the rectangular vents.

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