Following the debut of the Lamborghini Huracán, work is now well well under way on its cousin. That, of course, would be the next-generation Audi R8, the followup to the model that put Ingolstadt on the supercar map in 2006 and has been on the market ever since. That's an eight-year lifespan, though to be fair, for 2014 it has gotten a pretty meaningful update. Still, that's a long lifecycle, even if the Gallardo with which it shares its underpinnings was around even longer. In other words, it's about due for replacement.

Fortunately, that's just what Audi has in the cards. We've seen prototypes wearing heavy camouflage lapping the Nürburgring a couple of times over the past few weeks, but now it's been snapped nearly completely undisguised, with largely bare black bodywork giving us an even better look at what to anticipate.

So what are we looking at here? A sharper-looking take on the existing design, for starters, so onlookers and customers alike shouldn't have any trouble identifying this as an R8 – but a newer one at that. It seems to take some cues from the new TT, particularly around the headlights, with more squared-off elements throughout. There's an adaptive rear wing poking out the back and more pronounced side-blade intakes between the doors and the rear wheels, which themselves are wearing ultra low-profile rubber.

Until the last details are put in place, it's still too early to pass final judgement, but as an indicator of what's to come, the prototype seen here certainly catches our attention. But don't take our word for it: check out our spy shots in the high-res gallery above to see for yourself.

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      J Shep
      • 8 Months Ago
      The front looks very Honda CR-Zish
      Shahul X
      • 8 Months Ago
      Yea I feel like that is still current R8 shell...not the actual next gen car, which they should change the name btw.. otherwise they are trying to be like the 911 and just keep on offering the same ole design evolutions.. and maybe porsche can get away with it but not sure Audi can. They don't sell great now, despite being pretty great cars, but they better try something new to compete with cars in their own VW group (Lambo, Porsche etc...). BTW, ditch the side blade
      Victor Hoyles
      • 8 Months Ago
      Much like my feelings on the TT, I don't like how this is evolving. Probably a better car than before but I liked the old look better.
      • 8 Months Ago
      More, please.
      Eric Lane
      • 8 Months Ago
      Much of this is covered/camo'd, but there is a telling detail in the lower part of the door. That indent/crease at the bottom of the door as it heads into the vent/gill/sideblade area closely resembles that of Audi's Nanuk concept from last year. I think we may have already glimpsed much of the next gen R8 in the Nanuk's design. Time will tell.
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'll never understand why BMW doesn't build a car to compete with the R8. Bring back the M1!
        • 8 Months Ago
        They need to come out with 7 new crossovers to appeal to the 12 people that want them!
      • 8 Months Ago
      If you hadn't said that was the "new" version, I'm not sure I would have noticed.
      Noah Kaczor
      • 8 Months Ago
      Not sure how I feel about the new design language Audi is moving towards... it seems less inspired than their current style.