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by Tim Beissmann

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have captured the first images of the all-new Audi R8’s interior during a high-speed track session at the Nurburgring in Germany.

Snapped through the window of a camouflaged prototype, the images reveal never-before-seen details of the second-generation German supercar.

The R8’s cockpit looks set to follow the driver-focused philosophy of the third-generation Audi TT, with all infotainment content displayed on a large digital TFT screen in the instrument cluster.

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Visible on the programmable screen is a large, white central tachometer flanked by data. As with the TT, it’s likely to display all multimedia, navigation and trip computer functions.

The digital instrument cluster is housed in a boxy binnacle with a curved, leather-wrapped cover.

Also visible are the car’s brushed metal air vents and circular steering wheel with metal paddle-shifters.

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Exterior shots of a black R8 prototype provide a fresh look at the car’s proportions, highlighting its long front overhang and low nose, sweeping roofline and muscular rear haunches.

Fake panels and tape disguise its front and rear bumpers, headlights, bonnet lines and side blade, ensuring the car’s final design remains secret for at least a little longer.

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The new Audi R8 is expected to feature more powerful and efficient versions of the 4.2-litre V8 and 5.2-litre V10 engines used by the first-generation model. Rumours have also linked the new model to the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 found in the RS6, RS7 and S8 performance models.

The Audi R8 is tipped to debut at October’s Paris motor show before Australian sales begin in 2015.




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