The Audi R8 is back at the Nürburgring, but this time we have the opportunity to hear it lap the famous German track. Our spy photographers managed to capture video of the next-gen Audi supercar testing at the so-called Green Hell.
The 2016 Audi R8 is related to the new 2015 Lamborghini Huracán, though its styling has much in common with the 2016 Audi TT that bowed at the Geneva auto show. The rounded, low nose leads to squinting headlights, and the car’s small greenhouse falls toward a stubby decklid and integrated spoiler — with, naturally, a glass panel to expose the engine bay.
Engines choices will likely comprise updated versions of the 4.2-liter V-8 and 5.2-liter V-10 from today’s Audi R8, the latter engine related to the 610-hp V-10 in the Huracán. Down the road, rumors suggest that the Audi R8 could add a smaller, turbocharged engine as an entry version that would reduce fuel consumption. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic will be the only transmission, and Quattro all-wheel-drive will reportedly be standard.
Based on this video, it’s clear the 2016 Audi R8 has what it takes to hustle around the Nürburgring. The car’s loud, baritone exhaust note is clearly punctuated by lightning-fast upshifts from a dual-clutch transmission, and the car appears to take the ‘Ring’s many corners with barely any visible body roll. We look forward to getting behind the wheel and setting a lap time ourselves.
The 2016 Audi R8 will likely make its public debut sometime this year.