Audi R8 Spied Testing Its Facelift in Spain

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Spy photographers have caught up with the 2020 Audi R8 testing on public roadways.

While the future of the Audi R8 remains unclear, the supercar will get a facelift so it can soldier on a few more years. The prototype is wearing more camouflage than what’s typically seen on a facelift, suggesting some of the R8’s body pieces will be significantly revised. Up front, the bumper has been updated with a new hexagonal grille design similar to what’s found on the new A6, A7, and A8 models. The side intakes have replaced their vertical bars with conventional mesh, while it appears the side skirts and chin spoiler will also be slightly modified.

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There are even notable changes to the rear end, with the new grille design spanning the width of the rear fascia, rather than being segmented for the license plate. The rear diffuser is also getting an update and based on its understated design, this prototype could be the new entry-level model that has been rumored. It may be powered by the 2.9-liter V6 from the RS5 sporting 450 hp, but the entry-level model remains hearsay for now.

Like we noticed last time, the refreshed Audi R8 is also wearing oval exhaust tips rather than the rectangular-shaped units currently used.

Although there’s a possibility the facelifted R8 will be presented as a 2019 model, it’s more likely to arrive dealerships as a 2020 offering.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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