More power and new styling tweaks to freshen the Audi R8 ahead of a 2015 replacement
23 May 2012

The facelifted Audi R8 has been caught virtually undisguised, ahead of its debut at the Moscow motor show in August. Exterior revisions include new LED headlights and two round tailpipes like those from the R8 GT.

A new grille, which appears to have been optimised for improved airflow, will also be offered.

Audi hopes the changes introduced in the facelift will see the car through to the introduction of the second-generation Audi R8.

These latest images show headlamp units featuring Audi’s trademark horseshoe lighting strip, but the disguised lights also appear to feature an indicator strip running through the centre. The two cars photographed suggest the exaggerated side blade vents of the V10 will be retained.

It is expected V10-engined models will see power raised to around 540bhp, but the output of V8 models will be largely unchanged, at 424bhp. A new seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox will be offered alongside the six-speed manual.

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23 May 2012

Audi probably thought there was no need to disguise the tweaks as no one would actually notice, given how slight the changes are.  Facelift somehow seems an overstatement, botox might be better.

Is it just me or is the R8 starting to date slightly....?

23 May 2012

I agree, maybe they have been getting lessons from Porsche. The difference is that a Porsche is a classic shape, so laziness is more understandable. Audis are just boring and they really ought to try and be a bit more adventurous as they aren't developing classic, stylish shapes. More a box with some LEDs on it...

23 May 2012

I know what you mean R32 it has not aged gracefully, the lamborghini Gallardo aged much better and that is much older than the R8. I think the issue is that these futuristic designs aged badly, just look at the Honda Civic's they did not age well at all because of being so wacky.

24 May 2012

I'd loved to have seen a little more effort gone into distinguishing the new car from the old one, at this rate an owner of the current car could go buy a replacement set of the new style headlights asnd few would know the difference.

A decent twin clutch box would be welcome though judging by how much the current auto is slated in the press.

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