Audi was all set to unveil the latest iteration of its flagship sportscar, the R8, at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. But looks like the car couldn't wait that long. The first official image of the 2016 Audi R8 has leaked on to the Internet, previewing what you can expect to see in a week from now.
The R8 has evolved into a more sharper design now. The fascia has a larger single-piece grille and the air dams are now much bigger as well. The latter also have two vertical slats each. The sharpness to the front end primarily comes from the new headlights, which like the new TT, are more angular in design and have an eyebrow-type LED DRL. The new R8 also has sharper character lines.
The trademark contrasting vertical strip running over the air intakes on the R8's side profile has been toned down heavily. It only covers the air intakes now and doesn't run into the canopy. The leaked image also gives a peek of the fixed rear spoiler, hinting that the car in the picture is the range-topping V10 Plus variant.
In fact, reports say that the 2016 Audi R8 will ditch the V8 altogether and only retain the 5.2-litre V10. It will be made available in two states of tune - around 550PS for the base-spec and over 620PS for the V10 Plus. The latter will be able to hit 100kmph from standstill in 3.2 seconds and achieve a top speed of over 328kmph.
More accurate details of the 2016 Audi R8 will be available at Geneva, unless they decide to leak that out too.