An Audi R8 V10 Plus test mule has been spied recently while undergoing testing on the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany. Wearing the body of the outgoing model, underneath the skin was actually the second generation model and most likely Audi was testing the range-topping version which has some big shoes to fill taking into account the outgoing V10 Plus is an absolute monster.
We remind you the current model is essentially a lighter and more powerful derivative of the R8 V10, packing a V10 5.2-liter FSI naturally-aspirated engine outputting 550 PS (404 kW) and a peak torque of 398 lb-ft (540 Nm). It needs just 3.5 seconds to complete the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint and tops out at 197 mph (317 km/h).
The next generation Audi R8 is expected to be even more powerful while weight should go down as a result of using more lightweight components which are expected to shave off as much as 59 kg (130 lbs). The quattro all-wheel drive system will be retained along with the naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 and 5.2-liter V10 engines. Later during the car’s lifespan, the model will receive a smaller turbocharged gasoline engine.
A new Audi R8 V10 Plus variant is probably in the works as a range-topping model but don’t expect this version to come out right away. The standard second-gen R8 will be introduced sometime in 2015 while the Plus variant will most likely be launched in 2016 or 2017.