The 2019 Audi R8 has received a facelift. It looks like the “handsome black Michael Jackson” just after he had his first nose job in the 80s. The prototype of this German supercar has been pictured covered in a swirly white and black wrap. There's been a mid-life update on the car’s rear end, wheel arches, and the fascia. The new R8 will now come with gigantic oval exhaust pipes, a new front grille, revised bumpers, and wider side sills. We are expecting a successor of the GT since Audi has hinted they will bring a higher performance version R8.
Which engine is available?
We expect the new Audi R8 to come with a naturally-aspirated V10 engine which has a capacity of 5.2 liters. Why do we think so? We came to this conclusion because the R8 has more mesh between the rear bumper and the tail-lights. We know that this engine delivers 630 horsepower in the Lamborghini Huracán Performante while the R8 V10 Plus offers 602 horsepower using the same engine.
What does the interior offer?
We expect mild changes in the interior of this supercar. Expect updates in the instrument cluster and infotainment system. Generally, it should have the same overall design in the standard R8. However, the trim will feature minor revisions and new upholstery options. The GT and regular R8 will feature seats with diamond-quilted stitching as well as standard Alcantara and leather upholstery. The vehicle offers chunks of lightweight materials on the center console, center stack, and the door panels.
Will I break the bank?
Yes, you might need Tripple H’s famous sledgehammer because you will have to break the bank. This supercar’s lineup will have the R8 GT as its most costly model. Expect to spend $200,000 or more for the GT. This is in consideration of the fact that the current range-topping V10 Plus goes for $194,400. You might even have to spend more than $230,000 if the GT is also offered as a limited edition package.
What does the future hold?
The R8 brand is the manufacturer’s flagship sport model. The second generation of the V10-powered car has left the R8 brand with big question marks over its future because it has had distinctly flat sales. Audi has assured all R8 enthusiasts that they will maintain the R8 brand, but they have not revealed how they will package it. Emission regulations are likely to force Audi to replace the V10 engine with turbocharged V8 engines. The R8 will have to change tact as Audi adopts electrification. The future of the R8 brand is still bright because it plays a role as a homologation model and a halo product for the highly profitable Audi R8 LMX race car.
What is our verdict about the 2019 Audi R8?
There have been numerous rumors in the motor world corridors claiming that the R8 nameplate is heading for its death bead. The rumors began after the discontinuation of the R8 e-Tron. Although the R8 competes against faster and stronger rivals like the McLaren 720S and the Porsche 911 turbo, we are happy that Audi has assured us that it is here to stay. The 2019 Audi R8 is a competent car, but we would love to see an LMX or GT model.
Is this vehicle for me?
The new R8 maintains Audi’s reputation for comfort, elegance and high-tech features. You will fall in love with the sharp suspension, quick steering and quick reactions to your commands. It feels light and agile. You will be forgiven for confusing it with a Lamborghini because it also delivers a supercar performance. It is comfortable for daily use and thrilling to drive. If you are looking for all the above qualities in a supercar, then the new R8 is what you need.
When should we expect it?
We expect Audi to launch the new R8 in late 2018, with the sales to start at the beginning of next year.