2019 Audi R8 Redesign and Engine

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2019 Audi R8 Redesign and Engine -Is Audi scared of the rear-wheel drive? The panicked interventions from the R8 RWS’s stability control to any mid-corner throttle suggest it might well be, given ‘oversteer’ hasn’t really been in the brand lexicon since, well, ever. But I am in a mid-engined Audi supercar directing its 532hp through the rear wheels and a mechanical limited-slip differential. And the ESC is having a bit of a panic.

Perhaps not such a surprise given even Audi’s performance products tend to tread a cautious dynamic line. All apart from the original R8 which, all-wheel drive or not, revealed a surprising enthusiasm for being steered from the rear. That character trait was significantly toned down for the current version, which is faster and packs more tech but feels decisively more like an Audi. Which is to say less likely to freak customers out with unfamiliar concepts like opposite lock and powerslides.

2019 Audi R8 Engine

The second-generation Audi R8 is about to receive its mid-cycle facelift. We’ve already seen prototypes on public roads, and it seems that the Germans have prepared big changes for the facelift. It also seems that Audi is working on a higher performance version of the R8, possibly a successor to the GT model.

Although it has yet to confirm such a model, a new R8 GT makes sense given the fact that the second-gen supercar has yet to spawn any special editions yet. The original GT was discontinued back in 2013, while the LMX was produced in 2014 only. It’s been four years since Audi offered anything above the R8 Plus, so it’s about time the German brand gave the supercar a performance bump. A beefed-up R8 could arrive in 2019, but until we find out more about that, let’s take a closer look at what upgrades it may get.

2019 Audi R8 Engine
2019 Audi R8 Engine

2019 Audi R8 Exterior

Having already seen other spy shots with the facelifted R8, I can tell that this car is pretty much the same. The front fascia sports the same changes, including the Singleframe grille that is wider, but at the same time narrower, making the nose seem flattered and more aggressive. It also sports a honeycomb mesh and a revised splitter below.

The same goes for the side vents, which are no longer rectangular and separated from the headlamps. The latter, as well as the front hood, are carried over from the outgoing model, but the car here still looks very different from the R8 we all know.

2019 Audi R8 Interior

Our paparazzi didn’t manage to snapshots of the interior, but it’s safe to assume that changes will be mild. The standard R8 will probably get a few new upholstery options and minor revisions to the trim, but other than that, the overall design will remain the same. Sure, the supercar will gain updates to the infotainment system and the instrument cluster, both of which will get transferred into the GT model.

Just like the regular R8, the GT will get Alcantara and leather upholstery as standard, as well as diamond-quilted stitching on the seats. However, customers who want a more race-like feel will be able to order an all-Alcantara cabin in black with contrast stitching here in there. The seats should also become a bit more aggressive in this model, and Audi could even introduce all-carbon units. Speaking of the lightweight material, expect to find chunks of it on the center stack, center console, and even on the door panels.

2019 Audi R8 Driving

The R8 will get its juice from a 5.2-liter V-10, the only engine available in the supercar after Audi discontinued the V-8 unit. Shared with the Lamborghini Huracan, the V-10 produces 540 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque in the base R8 and 610 horses and 413 pound-feet in the Plus version. Needless to say, a GT badge will require more than that.

There’s no word as to how much extra oomph it will get, but the R8 GT should have at least 650 horsepower at its disposal. Some rumors claim that Audi may go as high as 700 horsepower, but that’s not really necessary since the car is expected to be around 200 pounds lighter than the standard R8.

2019 Audi R8 Price

The R8 GT will be the most expensive supercar in the lineup. As of now, the V10 Plus tops the range with a $194,400 sticker, so expect the GT to fetch in excess of $200,000. There’s a big chance that the GT will also be offered in a limited-edition run, so don’t be shocked if Audi will ask more than $230,000 for one. The R8 GT will be the most expensive supercar in the lineup. As of now, the V10 Plus tops the range with a $194,400 sticker, so expect the GT to fetch in excess of $200,000. There’s a big chance that the GT will also be offered in a limited-edition run, so don’t be shocked if Audi will ask more than $230,000 for one.