2016 Audi R8 vs. 2015 Audi R8
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You can tell an Auto Show is coming up when automakers release teaser images of redesigned vehicles. Often times they’re ‘leaked’ to make them more exciting. But it’s the official ones that, well, are official and taken seriously. Audi provided double the fun with both ‘leaked’ and officially images of the new Audi R8.

The second-generation R8 has been built from the ground up. Although it looks similar to the first-gen in shape and size everything about the R8 is brand new. The exterior is more chiseled and refined with straight lines and sharp edges. New LED headlights are angled upward, and the slats in the air intakes underneath are now vertical instead of horizontal. Elements in the rear bumper are also vertical, and the tail lights are flatter than before. It’s difficult to tell the two generations apart unless they’re side by side. But the most noticeable difference is the dissected side blade. It was a unique feature seen only on the R8 so it’s unclear why Audi would separate it into two pieces.

The most prominent design changes are on the inside where Audi’s new virtual cockpit is made to feel like the driver is sitting in a race car. Important buttons have been moved from the center console to the steering wheel, and the all digital display is placed on the dashboard in front of the driver. This setup was first featured on the new Audi TT, and will most likely appear in the rest of the Audi lineup.

The Audi R8 goes on sale in the summer of 2015 in Europe. More photos and details will be provided at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show next week.