SPIED: Facelifted Audi R8 Spyder with new… Face

By now, it’s no secret that the Audi R8 is going to die off in 2020. Thankfully, it might be replaced by an all-electric supercar inspired by the PB18 e-tron concept. Until then, though, the Audi R8 is still alive and kicking and one of the best looking, most exciting supercars on the planet, especially when you ditch the roof and let that screaming V10 fill your ears with noise. Since Ingolstadt is currently working on an update for the R8, a facelifted Audi R8 Spyder test mule has just been caught testing wearing a new, well, face. (We don’t own the spy photos but they can be seen here)

In these new photos, we can see that the Audi R8 Spyder is going to get a new face, including a new grille, headlights and lower fascia, much like its Coupe sibling.

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So the Singleframe grille will remain hexagonal, rather than moving to an octagonal shape like the Audi Q8 (which I just put two and two together and realized that the Q8 is the first Audi with an eight-sided grille… I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed, I guess). However, the R8 Spyder’s new grille will be narrower than before, giving it a lower, more aggressive look.

Pre-Facelifted Audi R8 Spyder

It also gets new front air intakes below the headlights, which are now separated from the headlights. On the pre-facelift car, the headlights are connected to those intakes. That, in combination with the new grille, gives the nose of the Audi R8 Spyder a much lower look.

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If you look at the new car in profile, in the pictures linked above and below, it seems as if the front end swoops down lower than before. While we don’t have any official confirmation or measurements, visually it looks lower than the pre-facelift car. That’s been on of the complaints about the second-gen Audi R8, that it doesn’t give drivers that mid-engine look and feel from inside the cockpit because the nose is so high. So lowering it should remedy that and give it a better look and feel. We’ll see for sure when Audi finally reveals the facelifted R8.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.