Audi has taken the covers off the facelifted 2019 R8 coupe and Spyder, bringing new looks and more power.
The main differences over the pre-facelift variant are visual. There’s an all-new front end, with a new grille, more aggressive intakes, updated LED headlights and three slats above the grille that mirror that of the iconic Quattro of the 80s. Around the rear, there are new taillights, along with oval-shaped exhaust tips and a full-width vent that sits behind the licence plate.
Two versions of the facelifted R8 will be available: the standard R8 V10 and the hi-po R8 V10 Performance (previously known as V10 Plus). Differentiating them visually is the colour of their exterior trim and contrasting components – base models get high-gloss black trim, while Performance variants get a matte titanium finish.
Both the regular R8 and R8 V10 Performance’s 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10s get a little power and torque for 2019. The standard model pumps out 419kW of power and 550Nm of torque (up 22kW and 10Nm), and can do 0-100km/h in 3.4s for the coupe or 3.5s for the convertible – top speed is rated at 324km/h for closed-roof versions or 322km/h for the drop top.
The R8 V10 Performance produces 456kW of power and 580Nm of torque, up 7kW and 20Nm over the outgoing model – 0-100 is covered in 3.1 and 3.2 seconds for the coupe and convertible respectively, toward top speeds of 331km/h and 329km/h. All R8 models use Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system, paired to seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearboxes.
The drive modes have also been tweaked – there’s now a bigger, more noticeable difference between each one. Suspension and steering has also been retuned, the updated ABS system delivers a 5m reduction in stopping distance from 200km/h, while the new Pirelli tyres provide additional grip.
Inside, there are new seat and dashboard colour options to choose from, including new blue contrast stitching.
The updated 2019 Audi R8 Coupe and Spyder go on sale in Europe in early 2019.