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Leaked: 2017 Audi R8 looks meaner, sleeker

A low-resolution image posted on Instagram by user dreboog might have given us an early look at the all-new 2017 Audi R8.

The leaked image reveals that the next R8 gets a more muscular look that puts it in line with Audi’s latest design language. The headlights are noticeably sharper while the radiator grille is wider, lower and it adopts a hexagonal shape. Interestingly, it looks like the current R8’s prominent side blades have not been carried over to the new model.

The next R8 will ride on the same platform as the Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4. Although technical details were not leaked, sources close to Audi have previously hinted that the R8 will continue to be offered with either a V8 or a V10 engine. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission will handle shifting duties but the R8 is expected to lose its enthusiast-friendly six-speed manual gearbox.

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Audi executives have confirmed that engineers are putting the final touches on an all-electric version of the R8 that is tentatively badged e-tron. Aimed at BMW’s i8 plug-in hybrid, the R8 e-tron will offer a total driving range of at least 310 miles thanks to recent advances in battery technology.

Full details about the 2017 Audi R8 will be available in the next few weeks. Both the R8 and the battery-powered R8 e-tron will be presented to the public next month at the Geneva Motor Show.