Published: Thu, October 25, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Audi R8 Coupe & Spyder Unveiled

Audi R8 Coupe & Spyder Unveiled

Midlife facelift brings more power, tweaked suspension and improved stopping distances for Audi's V10 supercar.

A separate radiator controls the temperature of the engine oil, which comes from a dry sump.

Following a preview earlier today, Audi has officially unveiled the 2019 R8 Coupe and Spyder. Also fitted is a front splitter that is wider than before, along with the air vent grille at the rear that spans the width of the vehicle. An aluminum and carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) splitter shaves 4.4 pounds while reducing front-end lift. At the rear, there's a new, low-set air vent grille and an extended diffuser. The assistance has been re-tuned both with the optional dynamic steering and the electromechanical power steering: Steering response and the feedback from the road come across as even more precise across the entire range of speeds.

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Audi has also enhanced the ESC program on the new R8, which now allegedly allows the top-of-the-line model to come to a stop from 100 kmph to a standstill nearly 1.5 metres (or 4.9 ft) earlier; the stopping distance from 200 kmph is up to 5 metres (or 16.4 ft) shorter - in each case depending on the exterior conditions.

Depending on the selected engine, the three additional programs dry, wet and snow are added to the well-known Audi drive select modes with the performance mode. For the standard-fit steel discs Audi supplies red as opposed to black painted calipers as an option. 2018 model year R8s produce 540 or 610 horsepower depending on customer choice, and for the 2019 model year, output will rise to 570 and 620 horsepower respectively.

Also on offer will be two new metallic paint options - Ascari Blue (pictured here) and Kemora Gray - along with new 19-inch and 20-inch alloy wheels. The range-topping model will also be available with an R8 performance design package with leather and Alcantara upholstery as well as carbon fiber trim and Mercato blue accents. The new updates will be available on both the Spyder and the Coupe versions in the first quarter of 2019 in Europe, with a likely launch in India soon after. This is made obvious by the three horizontal slits located on the bonnet, just beneath the Audi badge, but above the wider and flatter Singleframe grille. The models will go on sale in early 2019.

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