2015 Audi R8 drops most of its camo in latest spy shots

2015 Audi R8 spy photo
2015 Audi R8 spy photo / Automedia

Will have a more angular design

A black prototype of the second-gen Audi R8 was spied undergoing testing on the Nürburgring.

Audi's flagship sportscar is getting ready for a new generation and an official launch should occur in the following months taking into account this prototype was wearing a lot less camo than on previous occasions. Sporting a more angular design, the model won't stray away too far from the outgoing model but will have a sharper and edgier appearance along with a few styling cues taken from the all-new TT from which it will also likely borrow the digital TFT instrument cluster.

Sharing its platform with the Lamborghini Huracan, Audi's new R8 will lose between 50 kg (110 lbs) to 59 kg (130 lbs) and will be offered with uprated versions of the V8 4.2-liter and V10 5.2-liter naturally-aspirated engines sending power to the quattro all-wheel drive system through a dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox. The company's technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg announced last month the second generation R8 will eventually receive a smaller turbocharged gasoline engine.

The 2015 Audi R8 will probably be unveiled this October at the Paris Motor Show. 

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hanzawhtet7 hanzawhtet7
Until I can see a production model, this new R8 is ugly.
May 3rd, 2014 12:50pm
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lezmonster lezmonster
I think it looks good, but the front bumper and valance are still undercover r&d . It will prob look similar to the rs6 rs7 blades in the air intakes. You can see the new grill underneath but the curves in the bonnet look odd for now . Agree TT massive disappointment, but the old gen was too at first in poverty spec. Hope the r8 is better.
Apr 11th, 2014 4:01pm
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ides87 ides87
*yawn* I'm sure it will be brilliant to drive, well made, refined, etc. etc. But I don't understand why recent Audi model updates have stuck so close to their predecessors? Mid-lifecycle refreshes I understand, but this is all new, as was the TT. Is the brain-drain of designers from Audi to Kia/Hyundai et al. starting to show? Or are they just afraid to diverge from a design language that has been successful for them?
Apr 10th, 2014 8:30pm
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I'm a Audi fan, but making it look "more angular" doesn't sound nice to me. I was disappointed by the new TT.
Apr 10th, 2014 6:38pm
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JekDude JekDude
I'm glad it doesn't appear to be a massive departure visually to the original model as it is imo one of the best looking vehicles around. I thought it never looked very 'mean' for a supercar so perhaps a bit more of a angular design might personify it better.
Apr 10th, 2014 6:08pm
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DrPlacebo DrPlacebo
I know the shapes are different, but the first thing I thought when I saw the headlights was "FR-S." I wasn't a fan when they face lifted the A5's headlights either. I'm still just going to trust them in this evolution of their design language but this is not instantly rewarding to look at.
Apr 10th, 2014 5:33pm
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CaptIgo CaptIgo
What's with the front trolley wheels?
Apr 10th, 2014 3:41pm
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jwcf jwcf
Audi be like: ok guys let's sharpen everything and call it new. How innovative!
Apr 10th, 2014 3:04pm
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ThanathipChummongkhon ThanathipChummongkhon
Oh please! The last Gen is one of the most beautiful sport cars. Please don't use the boring design with this gen. Make the R8 legend!!!
Apr 10th, 2014 1:45pm
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