The second generation R8 has been seen in testing. The first R8 came out in 2006 and stepped in to the gap in the market left by the Quattro. The design still looks fresh despite its age and so it is expected that it will not change a lot stylistically, although it will have some modern tweaks. It will have a different interior as the current ones tends to just be TT components. It is thought that this will be fast tracked too as they have a reputation to uphold as the apex of engineering with Porsche taking over platform development for the VW groups cars soon.
The next R8 is expected to have the advantage of Audi’s focus on track drivability and precision. It will be a big statement to help the company to compete with the other supercars on the marker. The purist approach also contrasts with the BMW i8 which is in a similar price bracket and marketed as eco responsible. This eco approach is not something Audi are known for especially since the electric R8 suffered so badly.
There will be a mid engine platform on the new R8, shared with the Lamborghini Gallardo. It is expected that this will be called a Deimos based on patents filed by the company. It could keep to the same weight as the current car, but that is pretty buy at 3689 pounds and so it could replace some of the aluminium with lighter materials to reduce that.
There have been no final decisions on the powertrain but it is expected that there will be the options of a naturally aspirated V10 and twin turbo V8. It is also possible that there may be a plug in hybrid which may have the e-tron name plate. There seem to be no plans for a diesel V12 TDI though. The S tronic seven speed automatic with dual clutch will return and the six speed manual could also be an option.
The car will see competition form the likes of the Nissan GT-R, McLaren MP4-12C, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Ferrari 458 Italia and Lamborghini Gallardo and is expected to be priced around that of the current car at $119,150. It should arrive in the second half of 2015 as a 2016 model.