Development vehicle could also preview upcoming facelift

A camouflaged prototype based on the Audi R8 has been spied this week, previewing a facelifted version of the German supercar, along with a potential flagship 'GT' variant.

Swirly black-and-white wrap conceals the car's fascia, wheel arches and rear end, indicating these are the areas that will get revised components as part of a possible mid-life update.

There's a new front grille, wider side sills, revised bumpers, and massive oval-shaped exhaust pipes out the back – suggesting this particular vehicle isn't just any R8.

Last time we saw the cannon-like exhaust outlets and fixed rear wing together was the previous-generation 2010 R8 GT, which boasted more power and less weight than its R8 V10 equivalent.

Additionally, there's more mesh between the tail-lights and rear bumper, indicating a more powerful 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated V10 could be nestled at the rear.

However, it's unclear whether the entire R8 range will get similar design changes, as we are yet to see any prototypes of a 'regular' R8 V10 – they could come in time, though.

Our sources suggest the revised engine will develop somewhere between 650hp and 670hp (485-500kW), though we'd argue it's more likely the flagship R8 will borrow the related Huracan Performante's 470kW/600Nm tune.

Currently, the most powerful R8 variant – the V10 Plus – makes 449kW of power and 560Nm from its 5.2-litre V10.

With the extra grunt, the R8 GT should better the V10 Plus's 3.2-second 0-100km/h claim, and at least match its 330km/h top speed.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest updates in the coming months.