The coming Audi A8
has already been spotted in camouflage on public roads
at earthly elevations, and now our snappers have caught it at elevation
in the Alps. The evolution will entail modified head- and taillights,
different sculpting for the grille and a new bumper profile said to be
more in line with the A6 S Line.
Inside, there might also be adjustments made to input controls like the
gesture touchpad and the MMI infotainment system that include
behind-the-scenes improvements like new Nvidia Tegra chips, but such
revisions are expected to be minor. With the S8 and the TDI just having
been launched, don't be surprised if engine outputs also remain the
same. The prevailing sneaking suspicion is that we'll see the car
unveiled at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show
introduced the refreshed 2014 R8
, one of the first things we noticed was that the new R8 V10 Plus
offers identical output to the outgoing R8 GT, suggesting that this
limited-production model was either due to be cancelled or poised for a
serious power increase. Fortunately, these spy shots have us suspecting
that the latter is more likely.
Like the previous R8 GT, this new model will likely hit the gym,
dropping some weight and packing more punch, but while that's all
speculative, we do see that better handling is definitely in the cards.
Aside from the aero-improving chin spoiler, fascia winglets and fixed
rear wing, this R8 also has upgraded brakes with bigger calipers and
what appear to be cross-drilled ceramic rotors. We hear output could be
increased from the current 560 horsepower up closer to the 600-hp range,
and laid to the pavement via Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system. It
also very likely that Audi will keep production numbers for a 2014 R8 GT
rather low, with the outgoing model limited to just 333 units globally.