2019 Audi R8 Teaser Reveals New Front End Design

Audi Sport is prepping a few important updates for the second-gen R8, which is expected to debut before the end of the year or in early 2019.

Our vigilant spy photographers already caught a few prototypes in the wild, whose design updates were tucked beneath their camouflage wrap. Yet in the meantime, Audi has stepped up its game and previewed the facelifted R8 in an official teaser image released on social media.

Visual changes include a wider grille and larger air intakes in the front bumper, which has also welcomed a few changes of its own. The brand’s logo is still found on the front hood, and the headlights appear to have been slightly revised.

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They may not be visible in the official picture dropped by Audi Sport, but the side skirts of the car seem to have been updated too, as previous spy shots revealed. Also, the 2019 Audi R8 will have a prominent diffuser, in addition to some other work carried on the outside.

One thing that has yet to be confirmed is whether or not the GT variant will arrive with the Lamborghini Huracan Performante’s identical output. In the Italian supercar, that 5.2-liter V10 delivers 640 PS (631 hp / 470 kW) and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) of torque.

Of course, since the Audi R8 has to be more affordable than its Italian cousin, don’t expect any active aerodynamics or other key features that have given the Performante the edge over regular Huracans.


  • vvmdrf

    First gen is still the best looking.

    • Mike anonymous

      The first-gen with the original (individual) LED running lights. Still my favorite version of the vehicle to this day. (While it’s successors may not have been nice, carry the same ‘weight’ when you see one that the original did, & does, and I personally believe) The Original First Generation Audi R8 is an automotive Icon.


      • Big Black Duck

        agree…1st Gen is the beauty

    • Anon

      naw your stuck in the past grandpa

  • Research Janitor

    Looks like the new Toyota Avalon front.

    • Matthew Boyd

      My first thought was that it looks more like the non-refreshed R8…Could just be me though🤔

  • Nordschleife

    In the all grille all face sports car edition I sill give the point to the Acura NSX but I’ll reserve final awards until this is properly revealed.

    • Mike anonymous

      I do believe it’s an improvement over the current R8’s outgoing design.

      If you ask me the first generation R8 was an iconic vehicle, and to follow that up I believe they should have built two ‘sibling’ variations; A (hardtop) Coupe & a Spyder (the Spyder similar to the vehicle shown below). I personally believe that they should have either taken inspiration from, or taken the entire design from, the 2010 Audi E-Tron Spyder Concept (Shown Below).


      It would have been nice to see a hybrid/electric powertrain (similar to the one featured within the Porsche 918) as the standard for the R8 (if this were to be 2nd generation R8).

      I am not sure what your opinion on the vehicle is, but I personally believe (since the day if first saw this concept, and still to this day) the E-Tron Spyder (both in Spyder & (hardtop) Coupe variants) would have made the perfect successor to the First Generation R8.

      • Nordschleife

        I’d have to agree with you my good man in that I liked the E-Tron Spyder Concept and thought it would’ve been a great update to the R8 but now seeing the fully released pictures I’d still pick the Acura. While I love those little grille inlet on the Audi A1 they just looked tacked on here. While the preface lifted version was rather austere. This is trying too hard to not be. I’d like a happy medium.

        • Mike anonymous

          Personally, I would much rather have the E-Tron Spyder Concept than I would the NSX. But in regards to the current generation (pre-facelift and (now revealed) post-facelift) vs. the NSX,. I feel I should have mentioned that I was in agreement with yourself from the very beginning.

          The only “facelifts” the first generation R8 ever were simply updated to the LED running lights (maybe and engine update as well,… but that was it), a testament to it’s great design. But if a vehicle requires you to give it a “facelift” then something must be wrong.

          So while I would definitely pick the E-Tron Spyder Concept over the NSX, (and while I did like (specifically) 2015 Audi R8 E-Tron variant (which was discontinued a few months after it’s launch,.) I would have to agree with yourself (now so more than before) on picking up an NSX over the current generation R8.

  • designer_dick

    So they’re taking inspiration from the A1? That seems like a weird direction to go in. Will the Ford GT begin to take inspiration from the Fiesta? Is the next Honda/Acura NSX going to share similarities with the Civic?

    • Matthew Boyd

      That’s a stretch, and that wouldn’t be a reason to have an issue with it. As this car is very similar to it’s LMS counterpart, if we all take a second and think about it, the purpose of the design additions are obviously due to the needs of the race car, and then carried over to the road car. Knowing all of that you drew parallels to the A1?

      You either don’t like the R8 or don’t like the A1, or may not like Audi.

      • ksegg

        I’m not so sure this is a stretch. The W205 C-Class basically served as the mold for the E…..which is BIZARRE to me.

        • Matthew Boyd

          I don’t think you read my comment all the way through. Anything on an R8 roadcar is derived from the R8 LMS. Though the nose of the A1 with the vents look similar, I doubt they slabbed it on an R8 because the A1 has them, does that make sense? I get what you’re saying about the 205 C- Class, a 2008 which I used to own myself and how some other models in the line-up shared looks, but an A1 nose does not serve the same purpose of an R8’s nose, let alone it’s racing counterpart. The point I’m getting at is that the nose of the R8 has nothing to do with an A1, it has everything to do with it LMS racing sibling.

          We’ve got to know the R8 LMS improvements on airflow aerodynamics and downforce were reasons behind the nose, not, “Oh hey look the new A1 looks nice, let’s throw that on the R8 LMS and the road car”…Come on

          Is anyone else getting what I’m saying here? 🤔

  • no25

    looking like a whole lot of mesh on the front.

    • Enter Ranting

      A whole lot of meh on the front.

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