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2015 Audi R8 spied for the first time on the Nürburgring

 2015 Audi R8 spied for the first time on the Nürburgring
2015 Audi R8 spy photo / SB-Medien

The everyday supercar returns with sportier styling & upgraded engines

The 2015 Audi R8 has been spied for the first time.

Caught undergoing testing on the Nürburgring, the redesigned model is instantly recognizable but adopts sportier styling. The prototype is heavily camouflaged but we can see an aggressive front fascia with a prominent grille that is flanked by angular headlights and massive air intakes. Moving further back, there's distinctive sideblades, muscular rear fenders and an active rear spoiler. The model also has slender taillights, an aggressive rear diffuser and a four-tailpipe exhaust system.

The entry-level model is expected to use an updated 4.2-liter V8 engine that develops more than 430 HP (316 kW) and 430 Nm (317 lb-ft) of torque. We can also expect an improved 5.2-liter V10 engine that cranks out more than 525 HP (386 kW) and 530 Nm (391 lb-ft) of torque. Both engines are expected to be connected to a dual-clutch seven-speed transmission and a quattro all-wheel drive system.

The R8 was scheduled to go into production in mid-2014 but several changes have reportedly pushed the launch back until early next year.

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Comments (13)

Kakumbaz
Hmmmm...
Mar 19, 2014 2:27 am
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SDman
another dull design.. same as what they did to the TT.. cmon audi be a lil adventurous.. this styling direction is boring
Mar 19, 2014 1:21 am
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hunker7
You must me joking? What do you want them to do? Make an SUV an call it an R8, because they are adventurous? Audi R8 is one of the best looking cars ever, why would they change it completely?
Mar 19, 2014 5:43 am
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EdBacau
The R8 is supposed be Audi's best design, it's supposed to be radical and exciting, but an old design (no matter how good it is) with a few tweaks doesn't represent that. And, as usual, Audi designers are just being lazy.
Mar 20, 2014 2:56 am
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TrevorKarkay
Way better job. Very similar to what the new porsche 911 did. Lower the roof, and make the body longer. I expect very small taillights and boxier shape.
Mar 18, 2014 5:14 pm
5 3
Sourek
Hmm, looks like an R8
Mar 18, 2014 5:01 pm
5 1
EdBacau
So no new redesign, just another facelift. Audi really needs to fire their designers.
Mar 18, 2014 9:43 am
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Aygo
Evolution, not revolution. Why fix something that's not broken?
Mar 18, 2014 10:43 am
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pmontero
Sometimes people assume that it is just a facelift because the styling looks familiar. But the reality is that all structures are completely new and the car will be much better than its predecessor. Design is so much more than mere styling.
Mar 18, 2014 11:28 am
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DBaskov
I think R8 has one of those designs that can last for several years. It's the rest of Audi's line up that needs to be re-freshened/distinguished in few years.
Mar 18, 2014 11:36 am
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bojanb
No need for some radical changes. R8 should keep it's recognizable styling cues. Everyone loves the current one so extreme move in design might have a bad clients respond.
Mar 18, 2014 3:09 pm
3 2
LWE7
So you think Porsche designers should also be fired ? Cause their cars also look very similar to the previous generation. I also believe some car companies are good at making simple nearly timeless lines, so why change everything every time ?
Mar 20, 2014 7:50 am
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EdBacau
The 911 is nor Porsche's halo car, like the R8 is for Audi.
Mar 20, 2014 8:58 am
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