Development of the next-generation 2016 Audi R8 is well under way and now the very first confirmed prototype has been spied testing out at the Nurburgring.
In terms of visual changes, this prototype appears to featuring a smaller front grille, gaping air intakes as well as more squared and sharped-edged headlights than those of the current R8. Most prominently however, the 2016 Audi R8 prototype snapped features a much more aggressive and higher downforce generating rear diffuser as well as a new exhaust design.
As long expected, the 2016 Audi R8 will share many of its technologies with the brand new Lamborghini Huracan. For example, it will be built around the same carbon fiber and aluminium chassis albeit with a longer wheelbase and wider tracks and will utilise the Huracan’s upgraded 5.2-liter V10 in range-topping specification. The new 2016 Audi R8 will also utilise a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission like the Huracan and be available as an all-wheel drive model only.
Additionally, it has been previously confirmed that the next-generation will retain the 4.2-liter V8 currently available in the entry-level R8. Interestingly however, a forced induction engine is likely to be introduced at some stage during its production run with Ulrich Hackenberg recently stating that it “will need a turbocharged engine.”