Since its debut in 2006, the R8 has been a massive success for Audi, an automaker that lacked any real rich sports car history.
Though subtle changes have been made over the years on the R8 to keep it relevant, Audi is looking forward to unveiling its next-generation sports car in 2015 that will hopefully keep paving the way forward. Hopes to separate it even further from its competition, the next-gen R8 will have more power, less weight, and an exotic design.
It’s believed that the new model won’t stray too far from what’s existing, meaning that its proportions and interior space will more or less stay the same. New design features will be prominent however, such as a single-frame grille, new matrix-beam LED lights with an updated daytime running light design, and a shorter variant of the car’s trademark sideblade.
To free up weight, the German automaker will reach into its bag of tricks from its R8 LMS race car, which means carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) will find its way onto the production car. Chances are the hood and roof will be used to shave some pounds while a version of the downforce-generating double diffuser is expected too. And all the work on the R8 e-tron won’t go entirely to waste, as the next R8 will adopt its Multimaterial Spaceframe body to save at least 50 pounds.
Audi is aiming to keep the next R8 under 3,300 pounds while bringing power up about 25 hp for both the V8 and V10 models – around 450 hp for the V8, 570 hp for the V10. Fuel economy will also see a boost as all models will get stop-start technology.
[Source: Auto Express UK]
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