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Audi R8 Teased Ahead of Geneva Debut

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/17/2015 Jake Holmes

Audi this week gave us our first official look at the new R8, which will debut next month at the 2015 Geneva auto show. Though the teaser photo reveals only the Audi R8's headlight design, the car's basic shape is visible beneath the sheet draped upon it.

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The new Audi R8 will be available with the company's LED and laser headlights, which were briefly offered on the limited-run LMX version of the current R8. Although laser headlights aren't legal for use in the U.S., Audi says they offer twice the lighting performance of traditional halogen or xenon headlights.

Audi R8 Teaser Photo Front Three Quarter Under Cover© Provided by MotorTrend Audi R8 Teaser Photo Front Three Quarter Under Cover Based on the shape of the car seen here, the new Audi R8 will essentially follow the design of the outgoing model. Look for a larger front grille opening with sharper corners, a design trend shown on the Audi Prologue concept cars, and a smoothly sloped rear window. The car's wide shoulders appear to kink up above the rear wheels. Overall, expect a look similar to the Audi R8 prototype we spied lapping the Nürburgring last March.

Beneath the skin, we expect the new Audi R8 will ride on the same "Modular Sports Car System" chassis as the Lamborghini Huracán, with extensive use of aluminum and carbon fiber. A 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 and a 5.2-liter V-10 will be available, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic -- say goodbye to the R8's much-loved manual gated shifter -- to send power to all four wheels. Farther down the road, look for an all-electric R8 e-tron and a diesel-fired R8 TDI.

Audi will reveal more of the new R8's design, as well as detail its mechanical specifications, over the coming weeks leading up to the 2015 Geneva auto show.

Source: Audi

Audi R8 Teaser Photo Front Three Quarter Headlight Exposed© Provided by MotorTrend Audi R8 Teaser Photo Front Three Quarter Headlight Exposed
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