The second-generation Audi R8 supercar has been given a mid-cycle refresh for 2019, which is not restricted to just updates to the aesthetics but also a healthy boost to the engine output along with other mechanical upgrades. Starting with the changes made to the design, the 2019 Audi R8 looks sharper than ever before. The new front end is inspired by the German automaker’s R8 LMS GT3 and R8 LMS GT4 race cars. The fascia is dominated by the larger, more angular grille that has three inlets at the top of it reminding of those on the original Quattro. The new sharper front splitter along with the slim headlights give the supercar an angry face, which essentially takes away its understated looks. The rear diffuser has also grown in size, and now wraps around much bigger oval tailpipes. In addition to that, there are new 20-inch wheel designs along with more color options that include Kemora Gray and Ascari Blue.
The naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 has been re-tuned to produce more power in both the standard as well as the range-topping variant. The base R8 V10 now has 562bhp, which is a bump of 29bhp from the previous version. According to Audi, the coupe can hit 62mph in just 3.4sec, while the heavier Spyder variant does it a tenth slower. For 2109, the V10 Plus has been renamed to V10 Performance, which has gained 10 more horsepower to take the total output to 612bhp. The coupe version goes from zero to 62mph in 3.1sec, and the convertible version is again a tenth slower. The suspension and all-wheel drive systems have been updated with additional sensors and parameters. The new R8 goes on sale in Europe in early 2019, and the launch details for the US are yet be announced.