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New Audi R8 Spyder spied testing: is this a new GT or RS?

Published: 18 July 2018

► Camouflaged R8 Spyder spotted
► Drainpipe exhausts like an RS
► Is this a new R8 GT?

Our spy photographers have spotted an updated Audi R8 supercar again, and this time in Spyder form. Like the coupe version we saw before, the new car comes with a new face and some rather telling new exhausts, too.

From the front, the R8 Spyder we’ve seen has the same tweaked grille shape we saw on the coupe, and shares similar styling to the new Q8 SUV. What’s more, there’s more venting on show – with clean areas of mesh rather than the finned ones of the current R8.

At the back, this Spyder version of the mystery-R8 features the same drain-pipe exhausts and new cooling seen on the coupe. The same spoiler as seen on the Plus remains here, but the rear venting area has been shaped to span right across the rear of the car, even if some of it is blanked out for the number plate. There are even slim vents in the side sills, features unseen on previous versions of the car.

Audi R8 GT side spy shot

Most crucially, though, are the exhausts; these are new, fat oval ones usually seen on Audi’s RS cars like the RS5 coupe and TT RS, for example – and on the camo’d coupe we’ve already seen. These, along with Audi’s ceramic brakes suggest that this version goes beyond the R8 V10 Plus – almost as if this is the flagship R8 GT, like the previous generation.

If that’s true, power is expected to come from the 5.2-litre V10 but with a little more power squeezed out of it.

We’ll surely find out more from Audi in the coming months.

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By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast