YouTube’s netizen, Cvdzijden, has caught the 2015 Audi R8 undergoing testing on the Nürburgring in Germany.
Set to be 50 – 59kg lighter than the outgoing model, the new R8 will take on an evolutionary approach to its styling. There will be a more aggressive front fascia with more angular matrix-beam LED headlights, while at the back, the car will sport slimmer taillights and a deep Le Mans inspired diffuser sandwiched by a pair of tailpipes at both sides. The R8 distinctive side blade will carry over as well, albeit shortened.
The current R8’s dated cabin is also set for a major overhaul and is likely to get a digital instrument cluster, as seen on the latest Audi TT, along with digital rear view mirror and updated MMI infotainment system.
Like the R8’s twin under the skin, the Lamborghini Huracan, its engines are expected to be carried over despite tweaked to produce slightly more power and better fuel economy. The entry level model will get a 4.2-litre V8 producing more than 316kW (430HP) and 430Nm of torque. The mighty 5.2-litre V10 will also feature, tweaked to produce more than 386kW (525HP) and 530Nm of torque.
Both engines are expected to be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a quattro all-wheel drive system.