With the introduction of the facelifted R8, Audi has given its supercar a comprehensive makeover.
Not only it looks more aggressive, but it’s more powerful, too. And even if the extra muscle isn’t that impressive compared to the pre-facelifted version, it does make the car quicker.
Officially, the 2019 R8 sprints to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.1 seconds in the Performance version, and 0.3 seconds slower in the regular model. Top speed is 331 km/h (205 mph) and 324 km/h (201 mph), respectively.
Both versions benefit from a boost in power. The most humble offering is quick enough to give its driver an adrenalin rush, with 570 PS (562 hp / 419 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque. As for the R8 V10 Performance, this benefits from 620 PS (611 hp / 456 kW) and 580 Nm (428 lb-ft) of torque, or just 20 PS (20 hp / 15 kW) and 20 Nm (15 lb-ft) shy of the Lamborghini Huracan Performante.
However, the 2019 R8 Performance’s naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine might produce more in the real world. It hasn’t been subjected to a dyno test just yet, but Auditography did try out the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint first hand and they posted an unbelievable time of 2.72 seconds.
That’s not all, because before subjecting the German supercar to the punishing run on the Ascari track in Spain, they detailed the updated design on video. Thus, get ready to admire it for a few minutes before seeing it in action in a straight line acceleration.