Facelifted Audi R8 and R8 Spyder Announced

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Audi has revealed some details and images of its facelifted R8 and R8 Spyder supercars, which will be coming to SA in 2019. Some details!

The big change, other than the sharper looks, is that this facelifted Audi R8 is even more powerful. The naturally-aspirated screamer of a 5.2-litre V10 motor now produces 419 kW and 550 Nm, which is 22 kW and 10 Nm more than the outgoing car. Acceleration times are brisk, with the 0-100 kph dash dispatched in just 3.4 seconds. In the R8 V10 Performance model, it now pushes out 456 kW and 580 Nm, a 7 kW and 20 Nm increase. It's even more ballistic in an acceleration run as it takes just 3.1 seconds to hit 100 kph and will run onto a top speed of 324 kph. To meet the new stricter WLTP emissions standard, the new Audi R8 is fitted with a gasoline particulate filter.

Under the skin, there are also tweaks to the suspension which should improve stability and precision. The optional dynamic steering and electromechanical power steering has been retuned for assistance and feedback, with the aim of increasing precision, response and feedback. Audi Sport has loaded three additional stability programs into the mix: dry, wet and snow.

The Audi R8 comes with factory-fitted 19-inch alloy wheels, with ultralight 20-inch fully milled alloys being available as an option. There's the option of ceramic brake discs too. R8 customers can choose from up to three exterior packages, depending on the engine option and there are new metallic colors (Kemora Gray and Ascari Blue) too.

The new Audi R8 will reach German and other European dealerships in the first quarter of 2019 and while no official date has been set, it will be making its way to our shores in 2019 too. We'll be driving the new Audi R8 overseas in November, so stay tuned for more details.

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