Audi has just released a new video of a second-generation R8 prototype testing around the track.
Over the film’s 83 seconds, you get a pretty good look at the supercar’s ‘new’ shape, which truth be told isn’t that different than the first-gen model. The coupe is heavily wrapped with disorienting camouflage, but the car’s revised front fascia and more angular rear and are shown quite clearly.
You also get a taste of the R8’s beefy exhaust note.
As we reported earlier this week, the second-gen R8 will exclusively equip naturally aspirated V10 engines at launch.
The new car’s 5.2-liter V10 puts out 532 horsepower and 399 pound-feet of torque, 7 hp and 8 lb-ft more than 2015’s V10. It’s also 102-hp more than the current V8, which will not be offered for the 2017 model year at the time of this writing. The base car will accomplish 0 to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds and 0 to 124 mph in 11.3 seconds.
The range-topping ‘V10 Plus’ variant takes the Audi to a whole new level. With an output of 610 hp and 413 lb-ft, it now has the power to take on its Volkswagen Group bunkmate, the Lamborghini Huracan. 0 to 62 mph comes in just 3.2 seconds in the V10 Plus, which also fits ceramic brakes as standard.
Also new for 2017 is an electro-mechanical steering setup, which will reportedly adapt to dry, wet, and even snowy conditions. The R8 will also be available with Audi’s trick new laser headlights.