Now that we're kinda-sorta-maybe-slowly thawing out from this horrible winter, automakers are moving away from the harsh extremes of winter testing and taking their new wares for laps around the infamous Nürburgring. What better way to kick off the sports car testing season than some fresh shots of the next-generation Audi R8 supercar?

Despite the slick coupe's shape not changing too much, details under that camouflage reveal styling elements that are more squared off and angular – similar to what Audi has done with its 2015 TT coupe. Don't be fooled by those square taillamp holes in the camo out back, either – look closely and you'll see a stylish LED lamp design.

Expect some 100 to 200 pounds to be shaved off the next R8's curb weight.

The R8 is expected share a platform with the recently unveiled Lamborghini Huracán, and we have it on good authority that the combined carbon fiber and aluminum structure will result in some huge weight savings for Audi's coupe. Expect some 100 to 200 pounds to be shaved off the next R8's curb weight.

Power is what's (arguably) most important here. Rumors have suggested that we could see a version of the Audi RS7's twin-turbocharged V8 underhood, though other reports contradict that, saying the well-liked, naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 will once again find a home in the R8. Of course, that's on the base end – look for a V10 to serve as the upmarket engine. Both powerplants should come mated to six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions.

We can't yet see inside the new R8, but it wouldn't shock us to see a more upscale version of the TT's minimalist interior used here. Audi has already told us that the new R8 will get the TT's super-high-tech reconfigurable gauge cluster, too.

It's unclear exactly when the next R8 will debut, but our sources suggest it'll arrive for the 2016 model year, meaning we won't see it for some time. Fingers crossed for Geneva 2015. Have a look at Audi's redone supercar in the gallery, above.


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      AGSHOP
      • 9 Months Ago
      i bet it will look pretty much the same.
        jj360
        • 9 Months Ago
        @AGSHOP
        Most likely will look the same - on the outside. We're hoping to see interior advanced like that of the new TT.
        Lachmund
        • 9 Months Ago
        @AGSHOP
        I definately hope so!
      usa1
      • 9 Months Ago
      It looks marginally changed. It is interesting how German makes get a free pass on doing incremental styling updates.
        Noah
        • 9 Months Ago
        @usa1
        The free market gives a free pass to nobody.
      Nick
      • 9 Months Ago
      Porsche also shaved a ton of weight off their GT by eliminating safety items like METAL. See, you just cannot build an entire car out of plastic and expect it to survive in a real-world impact. Go ahead and boost the engine, but for god's sake man leave the safety-related METAL PARTS in place...
      Ace Convoy
      • 9 Months Ago
      This design language was sexy on the A6 back in 2005/6 After 2010 I'm really finding attractive yet bland, the A8 is a great example of almost had it till you look at the front end... It's time to evolve again.
      itschrislee
      • 9 Months Ago
      I was expecting a whole new redesign for the R8,TT, and their other automobiles.. Therefore I have came to a conclusion that Audi needs to fire their current designers and hire new ones... (Big Audi fan here)
      Lachmund
      • 9 Months Ago
      Honestly...the actual R8 moves me more than any Ferrari or Lambo on the road....I can't stop staring after almost a decade. I thinks it's good they don't mess with the design...Actually I'm afraid I won't like the new one as much.
      sstowes
      • 9 Months Ago
      I hope the sideblade hasn't disappeared. I can't tell from these shots, but the other day I saw a white R8 with a white sideblade and it was just awful. As polarizing as it may be, the blade (especially in carbon or a color different from the body) is distinctly a part of the R8's character and sets it apart from other mid-engined cars. And Spyder aside, the R8 just doesn't look right with a body-colored sideblade. So hopefully, it hasn't disappeared completely.
      Hek!
      • 9 Months Ago
      I can't quite figure it out, but something's off here, something about the proportions. I hope it's just camouflage upsetting my eyes though. The current R8 is one of my favorite designs at the moment.
        imag
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Hek!
        That's why they added the side blade. It helps disguise the visual length needed for the engine in the back. This one looks like it still has a side blade, so my guess is that you will like it.
        tylermars.design
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Hek!
        It's more then likely camouflage......but the DLO just looks...........large.
      wooootles
      • 9 Months Ago
      Yay, my favorite European mid-engine car STILL offers a stick! And really, the R8's design dooesn't need a revolution---only evolution. Current model still looks good after almost a decade.
      holysmoke.s
      • 9 Months Ago
      Why does Audi put CAMO on cars? Only thing that will change are the LED arrangement in the headlights.
      Richard
      • 9 Months Ago
      Great. Now where is the new Q7?
      amge5.5
      • 9 Months Ago
      From the hood it looks to be taking an angular update like the new Huracan. I'm curious though, where are they getting the manual transaxle? Is it just a carry over from the previous gen Gallardo/R8?
        carguy1701
        • 9 Months Ago
        @amge5.5
        There are conflicting reports on that: some say the manual is staying, while others (like Jalopnik), say the manual is gone.
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