It's quite sad that Audi is considering to discontinue their flagship sports car with no direct successor planned. But that has not stopped the automaker from making it faster, cooler and quick on the corners. Say hello to the 2019 Audi R8.
Refreshed inside and out for the 2019 model year, the R8 gets a subtle redesign and is packed with more horsepower, torque and technologies than its predecessor. In addition, the R8 V10 Plus gets a new name in the latest update; V10 Performance Quattro.
“It's now even more powerful and faster. Motorsport is part of our DNA. With around 50 percent shared parts with the R8 LMS GT3, no other automobile is so close to motor racing as the R8,” said Oliver Hoffmann, Technical Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH.
Upon first glance, it's hard to see what changes Audi did to the R8's design for 2019. A quick comparo with the older model, however, reveals some key differences. Beginning with the front fascia, it gets a wider and more prominent Singleframe grill along with a restyled front bumper and lower air intakes. Towards the back, the 2019 R8 gets huge circular exhausts and bigger cooling ducts that sit below the taillights. Even the centrally-mounted diffuser gets a mild redesign that gives the sports car a more refined appearance.
Serving as the final touch on the 2019 R8 are the new wheel designs. 19-inch wheels are equipped as standard while the 20-inch five-spoke wheels with V-dynamic design are available as an option.
If the exterior gets some noticeable changes, the interior is a different story. Essentially a carry-over from the pre-facelift R8, it still gets familiar features from before like a three-spoke steering wheel, leather upholstery with contrast stitching, 12.3-inch digital cockpit display, carbon fiber inserts and trim pieces, and aluminum pedals.
Like from before, the refreshed R8 is powered by a 5.2-liter FSI naturally-aspirated V10. Thanks to mild tweaks done to the engine, the ten-cylinder motor now produces 570 PS (+30) while torque has been bumped up to 550 Nm (+10). The result is a 0 – 100 km/h sprint of only 3.4 seconds on the Coupe and 3.5 seconds on the Spyder. Top speed, on the other hand, is at 324 km/h and 322 km/h respectively.
For those that want more pep from the V10, there's the Performance quattro which cranks out over 600 PS. Compared to the previous version, the more powerful variant now generates 620 PS (+10) along with 580 Nm (+20) of torque. This was made possible after to an optimized valve train that now benefit from components made from titanium. 0 – 100 km/h is achieved in a mere 3.1 seconds in the Coupe while the Spyder can do it in 3.2 seconds. In addition, the Coupe and Spyder have a top speed of 331 km/h and 329 km/h accordingly.
Besides giving the V10 more get-up and go, Audi was also busy tweaking its suspension and steering to give it better handling and stability. For starters, the electronic-power steering has been retuned to deliver sharper steering. Meanwhile, the V10 Performance now comes with additional driving modes (dry, wet and snow). Finally, it gets a front stabilier made out of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) which
Better braking performance was also made possible on the R8 thanks to an enhanced electronic stability control. With it, the R8 can brake from 100 km/h to a standstill at just 1.5 meters. It can also come to a complete stop from 200 km/h in as little as five meters, given the right conditions. The standard R8 comes with steel discs and come with red-painted calipers while the Performance quattro gets carbon ceramic rotors with gray or red-painted calipers.
First deliveries of the 2019 Audi R8 will begin in Q1 of next year.