These are spy shots of the facelifted Audi R8 that we expect to see later this year. You'll need to look very closely at the front to see where the lifting and tucking has been done: new LED headlights inside a slightly reworked grille. Around back are round tailpipes like those on the R8 GT.

This is a refreshed model that will hold us until the 2015 Audi R8 arrives – the one with the carbon and aluminum chassis, more power and no manual transmission on offer. That last fact is tragic enough because we still love sports cars with sticks, but descends into the catastrophic since the six-speed manual available now is outstanding. We're sure the next-gen coupe will be awesome, but we'll enjoy this one while we have it. Check it out in the high-res gallery of spy shots above.


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      Justin Shaw
      • 2 Years Ago
      If an R8 goes through a facelift and nobody can tell any difference, has it really changed?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Shaw
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      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      wouldent it be great if they posted before and after pics?
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @thedriveatfive
        As I say, sometimes the only way you can tell is with a tape measure.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      But Tony Stark switched to Acura.
      Custom Bikes
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why on earth a sport car will not be offered with manual transmission ???? At list as an option ...
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Warpstar
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dont mess it up Audi, its looks were perfect already.
      evilzibob
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thats it?..... :-\
      NamorF-Pro
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it just me or does this thing look almost exactly the same? I can see they change the inside of the head lights and tail lights. What kind of facelift is this?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NamorF-Pro
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      ERA
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm a car guy and if it drove by me on the street I wouldn't be able to say, "hey, that's the new one."
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ERA
        just look at the new grille (which is still camouflaged)
      FIDTRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honestly, if they completely changed the exterior or made some other "improvements" to the design most people probably wouldn't be too happy with that. This car is (of course, subjectively) one of the best looking and dynamic cars on the road if not in the history of the auto industry. If you change the R8 it won't be an R8 anymore.
      Leon
      • 2 Years Ago
      exhaust pipes are obnoxiously huge...but it is a supercar and they are suppose to be pretty obnoxious, so maybe it's not so bad after all?
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      without camouflage: http://teamspeed.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=101702&d=1335288450 changes are subtle but they shouldn't change more imho...the car already is close to perfect
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