2016 Audi R8 spy shots

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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