Audi R8 facelift revealed with more power
- The facelifted second-gen Audi R8 gains a sharper front end with Audi’s new wider Singleframe grille taking the centre stage. The updated rear is highlighted by a large new vent that runs across the entire tail.
- The bigger news is that contrary to rumours, the R8 facelift holds on to its 5.2-litre atmospheric V10 instead of taking the downsizing route. In the standard R8, it now produces 562 bhp and 550 Nm, which is a good boost of 30 bhp and 10 Nm over the outgoing model.
- The higher-spec 2019 R8 V10 Performance Quattro, which replaces the V10 Plus, extracts 612 bhp and 580 Nm from the same engine. These figures outdo the previous V10 Plus by 9 bhp and 10 Nm.
- Obviously, the 2019 R8’s suspension has also been enhanced for a sportier drive. The drive select dynamic handling system and the stability control programming is now better. Then, the V10 Performance Quattro has three new settings – dry, wet, and snow.
- The Audi R8 facelift will go on sale in Europe in the first half of 2019, both in Coupe and Spyder forms.