AutoExpressUK reportedly received the scoop on what the next-generation Audi R8 could bring as the current and first generation comes to an end. Though because the Audi R8 has reigned in quite a bit of success—let’s not forget, it’s Tony freakin’ Stark’s ride of choice when he’s not saving the world—Audi has set a rather high precedent, giving Audi a tough challenge from the get-go.
Though because the Audi R8 has become a car that many of us have come to love simply because it is a solid piece of all-around premium sports machinery, don’t really expect the next one to be a complete game changer like the original. But that’s not to say it won’t be improving either.
Visually, and by default, you could expect lots of changes in the details as the British outlet said that the next generation R8 will maintain its proportions and interior space. Sounds fine to us, as there’s nothing really wrong with the current one. Changes include a “more prominent single-frame grille,” a supposed new trendsetter for Audi’s signature schnoz for RS models, new matrix-beam LED lights, updated daytime-running lights, and a toned-down version of the current model’s bespoke “sideblade.”
The new model will also supposedly undergo a small diet as the spaceframe is said to be incorporating carbon fiber reinforced plastic, or CFRP, for the room and the engine lid to save weight and lower the center of gravity. Such technology debuted on their infamous R8 LMS racer.
Other serious techie bits include the R8 e-tron’s glass fiber-reinforced poly springs, CFRP anti-roll bars, carbon ceramic brakes, and titanium rear-wheel hubs, keeping the curb weight below 3,307lbs.
Engines will be most likely similar to the current version with the usual 4.2L FSI V8 and the 5.2L V10 with some modest power hikes. Cylinder deactivation and stop-start will both be made standard.
- By: Chris Chin