Last month we flew to the Audi Sport factory in Neckarsulm, Germany. Not only did we get a stage by stage tour of the factory and how the cars come into production but we were given a first hand look at the new Audi R8.
Audi have followed the mantra, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Accordingly, this is more a facelift for the R8 than a completely new car. Performance-wise , it maintains its naturally aspirated 5.2 litre V10 engine, with the addition of more power for all models and more pace, with each reaching 0-61mph, quicker than predecessors.
Aesthetically, the 2019 R8 remains a car that will command immediate attention; it gets a new, more aggressive front grill and at the rear, there is a single grill spanning from left to right. New colour options have been added to the range – the Kemora grey convertible being our pick thus far.
Like its predecessor, the interior is stripped back, for example there is no pop up interactive screen that would be found in other new Audi’s, however this is not a negative. The R8 is a driver focused car built for those who appreciate sports performance merged with refinement.
With Audi we always expect a class, gentry worthy vehicle and from what we have seen the new R8 does not disappoint and we look forward to road testing the new models. The new models are expected to arrive in showrooms from early 2019.