Car Throttle spoke with Bjorn Friedrich of Audi at the R8's launch, who confirmed that the V10 will remain the car's sole powertrain — for this generation, anyway. But don't worry: There's likely still plenty of speculation about the performance coupe's future to give us all cognitive whiplash.
Rumors had the R8 borrowing the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 used in the RS4 and RS5, and the Porsche Panamera, as soon as 2019. Audi has strongly suggested the R8 won't be continued after the current second generation. Unless of course it is, as an all-electric E-Tron version of the R8 around 2022 that could boast as much as 1,000 bhp and a 0-62 mph time of 2 seconds. If true, that would represent Audi's third stab at developing a battery-electric halo car, and it could take some hints from Audi's PB18 concept shown this summer at Pebble Beach.
Anyway, what we know for sure about the updated R8 is that it boasts a redesigned fascia, mesh grille on the rear, some new exterior color options, new Dry, Wet and Snow driving modes, and three new trim names topped by the R8 V10 Performance, which reportedly does 611 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque. It hits U.S. dealers sometime next year.