Thursday, Oct 25 04:08pm
AUTHOR: Nile Bijoux

Audi R8 gets facelift and power push-up for 2019

Audi’s R8 supercar has been given a once-over, improving the car both inside and out.


The naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 is still present and accounted for, now boasting 456kW and 580Nm in Performance Quattro form (taking over duties from the V10 Plus version).


The uptick has reduced the 0-100km/h time to 3.1 seconds for the coupe and 3.2s for the Spyder topless variant. Respective top speeds are 331km/h and 329km/h.



Saving a few dollars for fuel gets you the standard R8, which now offers 419kW/550Nm and a 0-100km/h time of 3.4s, or 3.5s without the roof.


The suspension has been tweaked too, with more distinct settings for each of the drive modes. There are also three new settings for the Performance Quattro version: Dry, Wet, and Snow. Revisions to the stability control system have reduced braking distance by 1.5 metres from 100km/h and 5m from 200km/h.



Outside there is a wider centre portion for the grille and new angular uprights. At the back is a vent below the taillights extending the width of the rear, and a more prominent diffuser. A new three-piece cover hides engine components.

The interior remains largely the same aside from slightly different upholstery colours.



The base R8 has high-gloss black trim on the exterior, and the R8 V10 Performance Quattro uses a matte titanium finish. High-gloss carbon fibre is an option for both models, as well as an optional carbon fibre-reinforced polymer front splitter that saves two kilos.


When can you buy one? Europe will get it in the first quarter of 2019, while a local release date is yet to be confirmed, as is pricing.