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24 Oct 2018

We’ve always loved the R8 here at BOTB, from the original model which broke the mould of what a supercar could do, right up to the Huracan-in-a-different-suit current model. With Quattro AWD, a whole load of performance, a stunning exterior and an interior so well laid out, stylish and usable it puts every other supercar to shame, the R8 is the perfect mix of usable and super. But we’ve had the current model for a few years now, so as with all these things, Audi decided it needed a refresh – though in my opinion it’s not exactly an improvement.

The biggest visual change is at the front where the older, simpler, (in my eyes) far prettier front bumper has been replaced with a far more complex one. Below the lip of the bonnet there are now three small intakes reminiscent of the old Quattro Sport rally car – this I approve of, much like on the new A1. But then the simple outer intakes have been changed to ones that are larger and include an odd shark fin-style element. I really do think it’s all a bit much, though I appreciate a lot with welcome the extra aggression.

The rear has also seen some changes, with the lights getting new graphics and the honeycomb section below them now going full-width. The exhausts are now oval and are set in a rather odd grey housing that accentuates them somewhat. I’m not too sure about that bit, but thankfully they can be either grey, black or carbon. The side sills are larger as are the side intakes too, all adding to the aggressive restyle along with some new wheel designs.

Thankfully the modifications aren’t all visual, with a little bit of work going on under the skin. The 5.2 litre naturally aspirated V10 thankfully remains and gets a boost. The base model now gets 562bhp up from 532bhp – a fairly hefty increase that sees the 0-62mph time drop to 3.4 seconds. The R8 V10 Plus now becomes the V10 Performance and jumps from 603bhp to 611bhp – not a huge amount but we’re never one to turn down a few more horses. Though in this case all they really do is offset the extra 20kg of emissions equipment it now has to carry around. Thanks VW.

But coming soon will be a very controversial addition to the range. It may not be long before Audi Sport reveals a lower model but unlike the original V8 model this will use a twin turbo V6 found in the RS4. I'm guessing it'll have around 480bhp but does a V6 suit the R8? I don't think so. Leave the sixes to the lower ranges.

There are some suspension changes to make it comfier, along with slightly retuned steering systems to aid with agility. Apparently.

Prices are set to rise very slightly over the current model and we’ll be updating it as soon as one can be ordered.

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