• Aug 23, 2011
It may be hard to believe, but the Audi R8 has already been on the market for five years. And while it was cutting edge then and is still eminently fresh and desirable by any account, sooner or later it's going to need a bit of a touch-up up to keep ahead of the competition. And this could be our first look at what to expect.

Apparently leaked out together with some other photos, this solitary shot is believed to be a design mock-up of the front-end of the next R8. The nose features Audi's latest hexagonal grille shape and a very sharp-looking set of all-LED headlamps that (with apologies to Bryan Adams fans) cut like a knife across the car's face.

Mechanically, the new R8 is likely to carry over the existing choice of V8 or V10 engines with Quattro all-wheel drive, although prototypes have reportedly been seen with 2.5 and 3.0-liter TFSI engines driving the rear wheels only. What is understood is that the much-derided R-tronic transmission will finally be replaced with a better dual-clutch gearbox.

Sources speculate that Audi could be preparing to unveil the new R8 at the rapidly approaching Frankfurt Motor Show, but that could prove little more than wishful thinking. One way or another, we'll find out soon enough, so watch this space for more.


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      Critter
      • 3 Years Ago
      goodbye cluster lamps! you were so 90's
      Typhon
      • 3 Years Ago
      A lighter (than the current version) 2WD R8 with a 3.0 TFSI will be an interesting proposition. Not sure about the pricing though, with the current V8 at $115k.
        Frisky_Dingo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Typhon
        That wouldn't be a vialbe option though, as the upcoming small Audi sportscar (R4) would be too close in price/performance/market segment. And a RWD wouldn't make sense at all, seeing as in how Quattro is they're calling card. It'd also infringe on the Porsche 911 too much. They need to keep it pretty much as is. AWD for sure, lighten it a little, boost the 4.2 V8 to 450hp, the 5.2 V10 to the current GT's 560hp, and replace the R-Tronic w/ a good DSG. Voia. It's still such a fresh design and concept, it only needs minimal changes if you ask me.
          Lachmund
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Frisky_Dingo
          the R4/5, Porsche 550, VW Bluesport will have rear wheel drive, and i'm pretty sure AB was talking about the R4/5 when they thought it was the R8
      Hao Jiang
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't think it's next R8. Looks like another e-tron project or some personal project.
      Jake S
      • 3 Years Ago
      Never, EVER apologize to a Bryan Adams fan. They should be apologizing to US. Here endeth the lesson.
      Junaid Sharif
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is sick!
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL. they are possibly showing the R5 on the Frankfurt Motor show...not the R8. It's also the R5 with the 2.5 or 3 liter motors. A bit more research and brain usage, AB!. This could as well be the R5 front, or at least the concept one
      DrDr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Znooze.... another one. Audi makes the ugliest and most boring cars. The headlamps dont make the car and just like their drivers, Audi sucks!
      Tilps
      • 3 Years Ago
      audi boring
        ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tilps
        would like a small audi (a4) or would like a large audi (a8). Other that i dont think audi is boring.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Lola Rose
      • 3 Years Ago
      the long LED strip going towards the nose is too much.
      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gorgeous, futuristic; I hope this makes it to production
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