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Audi R8 (2019): updated supercar brings new Performance model

Published: 23 October 2018

► New 2018 Audi R8 supercar
► Facelifted coupe and Spyder
► More power + new Performance

Audi has revealed its 2018 R8 supercar range, with both coupe and Spyder versions getting a facelift and refresh under the skin. Gone is the R8 V10 Plus model, as it’s been renamed R8 V10 Performance, much like the outgoing RS6 and RS7 Performance models.

Biggest news is a jump in power for both the standard and new Performance variants. The standard R8 now comes with 562bhp (the same as a McLaren 570S) and the Performance has 612bhp – that’s 29bhp and 10bhp more respectively than the pre-facelift R8 and R8 Plus.

2018 Audi R8 rear tracking

Audi says that the 0-62mph sprint is rated at 3.4sec and 3.5sec for the normal R8 coupe and Spyder, while the Performance coupe and Spyder does it in 3.1sec and 3.2sec. Audi also claims that it’s the first time a production R8 has broken the 200mph barrier, with the Performance Spyder hitting the double ton and the Performance coupe nudging 201mph.

The facelift is inspired by the R8 GT3 car that was unveiled at the 2018 Paris motor show, with technical managing director Oliver Hoffmann adding ‘no other automobile is close to motor racing as the R8.’

2018 Audi R8 spyder interior

Under the skin, the stability and drive mode systems has been tweaked and options include carbon ceramic brakes and an anti-roll bar made out of carbonfibre.

UK orders will start from early 2019 for all versions of the updated R8, and we’ll get to tell you how it drives towards the end of 2018.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches