A black Audi R8 arrived today at the Goodwood Festival of Speed looking quite fresh even though the supercar was unveiled way back in June 2007. Seen here is the V10 version equipped with the familiar 5.2-liter naturally-aspirated engine which in the standard variant delivers 525 PS (386 kW) and 530 Nm while in the more expensive Plus model churns 550 PS (404 kW) and 540 Nm.
Audi is just about to introduce an all-new generation which according to various reports will be shown before the end of the year, possibly at the beginning of October during the Paris Motor Show. From what we know so far, the German supercar will lose around 59 kg (130 lbs) and will continue with the same naturally aspirated eight- and ten-cylinder engines. However, Audi has already confirmed that a smaller, turbocharged engine will equip the second-gen R8 later during the model’s life.
Regardless of the engine choice, the R8 is going to adopt a quattro all-wheel drive arrangement which will receive the power generated by the engine through a dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox. On the inside it is expected to borrow the massive 12.3-inch customizable digital instrument cluster from the all-new TT.
As far as the design is concerned, it won’t look that much different compared to the black Audi R8 seen in these images as the designers have decided to opt for an evolutionary, more angular styling approach so the R8 will continue to be instantly recognizable.