It’s been known for some time now that the Audi R8 is likely on its last legs. Not this specific generation of R8 but the R8 nameplate itself is on its way out. Thanks to high cost and low sales volume, along with ever-stricter growing emissions restrictions, Audi just doesn’t see the R8 as a viable model past 2020. That doesn’t mean it won’t get the full facelift treatment before it dies off, though, and a facelifted Audi R8 Spyder was just caught doing some pre-production testing. (We don’t own the spy photos but they can be seen here)
The changes to this Audi R8 Spyder are the same as the ones we saw on the Coupe recently. So the new Singleframe Grille is now far narrower than before and the headlights are a bit more aggressive. It also has new front air intakes. It looks better, too, more sleek and modern looking.
Out back, it gets a new single rear grille that spans the entire rear end, with only the license plate interrupting it. Below that, there is a new rear diffuser and new exhausts. While the dual exhaust on the current, pre-facelift R8 are rectangular and sort of integrated into the rear bumper, the new dual exhausts are large ovals, like you’d find on any other Audi RS car. That’s actually a smart move, as the Audi R8 is developed by Audi Sport and so are all other RS models. So it creates some solidarity in design.
The Audi R8 doesn’t necessarily need a facelift, as it’s still a great looking car but, surprisingly, this newly facelifted model looks better. It’s sharper, more modern and even more aggressive. We can’t wait to see what it officially looks like and to see if Audi is working on any new mechanical improvements.