The 2019 Audi R8 is just the latest in a long line of well-made supercars.
Audi has been on the cutting edge of razor-sharp styling in recent years, and it appears as if they aim to keep the heat up with the newly-redesigned R8 for the 2019-model year. According to MotorTrend, a lot of hype has been bouncing around as to what the nature of the changes would be prior to its release; speculation ventured into rumors that a force-inducted six-cylinder may replace the tried-and-true V-10.
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The still-fresh R8 of 2018 was already an engineering masterpiece for the German automaker and was very well-received by critics and consumers alike throughout its production run. But to understand what’s different, you need to have a taste of the platform it from which it’s built. The 2018 R8 is a 540 HP (at 7,000 RPM) and 398ft/lbs (at 6,500RPM) luxury-sports car retailing in the high-$100,000 range with engine packages poking into the 600 HP-territory. The 5.2 L V-10 pushes the R8 to 60 MPH in 3.5 seconds and the body styling is already aggressively-bold in the first place. With that much car to begin with, the question on people’s minds today: “How are they going to top that?”
The first thing that the well-versed R8 enthusiast will notice is the minor cosmetic adjustments that ripple the contours of the body all the way around. They are mostly subtle and confusing a 2018-model with its successor wouldn’t be difficult, as the two look very similar. But the refresh brings a newfound aggression (as if the styling wasn’t aggressive enough to start with). The engine packages remain fairly interchangeable but improved in both the base and premium models in terms of horsepower; 562 HP for the base and 612 for the premium package. 0-60 MPH times for both engine packages are 3.4 and 3.1 seconds respectively.
Audi has also updated the race-tuned suspension and made a few modifications to the weight and balance. It’s changes like this that help the 2019 R8 stop five feet shorter from a 62 MPH rate of travel. Weight-reducing options such as carbon fiber splitters and lightweight 20” performance wheels add a few extra touches that keep the new Audi at the cutting-edge of its boundary-pushing envelope. They aren’t enormous gains, but the R8 didn’t need enormous gains to start with.