At Audi Midtown Toronto, our pulses
race whenever an Audi R8 rolls onto our dealership’s lot. The R8 is a true
mid-engine German supercar, like nothing else on the road. The 2019 Audi R8 is
arriving soon, and we’re thrilled to give you a preview of the next generation
of Audi’s performance flagship. Check out the Audi R8 Toronto drivers have been
waiting for. If you want to get behind the wheel, call our Sales department at
866-981-1974 to get on the list to be notified when it arrives.
Meet the Audi R8
The Audi R8 is a mid-engine,
high-performance, two-seater sports coupe designed from the ground up for pure
performance. The R8 is also available as a convertible Spyder model. For 2019,
these configurations will carry over. The current R8’s mid-engine layout gives
it an ideal weight distribution for excellent handling, while all-wheel drive
helps it stick to the track like glue. Meanwhile, a howling 602 horsepower V-10
engine gives the current R8 rocket-like acceleration. For 2019 we expect this
layout to continue, but with a power boost in the range of 650-670 horsepower.
The RWS Edition
We may also see more of a special
rear-wheel-drive edition, which Audi called the RWS for “Rear Wheel
Series.” Introduced earlier in 2018, the RWS was limited to just 999
production units worldwide. The RWS edition’s lighter weight gave it a 0-100
kph time of just 3.7 seconds, while its greater rear weight distribution made
it a terrific car for drifting around track corners. The 999 RWS edition coupes
quickly sold out, so we expect Audi to bring this edition back for 2019.
Revived GT Edition?
In 2012, the previous generation Audi
R8 offered a GT variant. Limited to just 333 units worldwide, the Audi R8 GT
featured a reduced curb weight and a more powerful engine good for an
astonishing 320 kph (199 mph) top speed. Prototypes of the 2019 R8 have been
spotted with a large, fixed rear wing and larger exhaust pipes, leading experts
to believe that Audi may bring the GT edition back for the upcoming model year.
If so, expect the new GT also to feature a lighter curb weight and a horsepower
boost for pure track-day performance.
In addition to the GT-like features
mentioned above, other rolling prototypes display changes that will likely
appear on the regular edition R8. These revisions include new bumpers, larger
taillights, more angular air intakes, and a mesh grille insert above the rear
bumper and below the revised taillights. A larger front grille with three
horizontals slots will harken back to the original Audi Quattro, a nod to
Audi’s performance heritage. Spy photos of the R8 Spyder prototype also reveal
a new rear ducktail spoiler for this convertible model.
While we haven’t seen any interior
shots from the new R8 yet, we would expect that Audi’s latest infotainment
system would be included. However, given the R8’s performance orientation, we
probably won’t see all of the driver-assistance features that are found in most
of the rest of Audi’s passenger car line-up. Audi anticipates that R8 drivers
want the full experience of unassisted driving. We look forward to a full
reveal at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.