Audi has just unleashed a major update for the R8, with the highlights including more power, torque and a foray beyond the 320kmph mark for several versions. The charismatic sports car is also claimed to be a better handler now thanks to suspension and steering revisions. Here’s a deeper look into the 2019 R8 through the official pictures.
For the standard car, the power has been increased by 30bhp and the torque boosted by 10Nm to 550Nm. The 2019 R8 V10 accelerates from 0 to 100kmph in 3.4 seconds (3.5 seconds for the Spyder).
The 5.2-litre engine in the V10 performance makes 620bhp instead of the previous 610bhp, with peak torque of 580Nm improving upon the previous 560Nm. The increase here is primarily the result of an optimised valve train with components made of titanium. The Coupe sprints to 100kmph in 3.1 seconds, the Spyder in 3.2 seconds.
As for the suspension changes, the assistance has been retuned both with the optional dynamic steering and the electromechanical power steering. Steering response, transitions between individual drive modes and feedback from the road has apparently been improved.
The new R8 comes with 19-inch wheels as standard. For the standard-fit steel discs Audi supplies red as opposed to black painted calipers as an option. The ceramic brakes generally come with a grey or red finish. The anti-roll bar at the front is optionally made from carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) and aluminium, which cuts weight by around two kilograms.
In terms of design changes, the single frame grille has an even wider, flatter line. Thick bars divide up the large air inlets, and flat slits in the hood are reminiscent of the Audi Ur-quattro brand icon. The new front splitter is now wider, underscoring the focused look. The new look also includes updates to the interior with new colour and stitching options.
Audi will launch the new R8 in European markets first, by early 2019. Meanwhile, we expect Audi India to bring the 2019 R8 to India late next year.