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2019 Audi R8 Spyder spied

Facelifted drop-top supercar spotted for the first time.
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The updated Audi R8 Spyder has been spied during development testing this week, giving us a early look at the updated soft-top version of the German marque's V10 supercar.

Like the coupe spied last month, this camouflaged prototype features new elements for the grille, intakes, side sills, bumpers, larger tailpipes, along with a reshaped mesh between the tail-lights and rear bumper.

The R8 Spyder also appears to get a new ducktail spoiler at the rear, compared to the fixed rear wing of the coupe prototype spotted recently.

It's believed the R8 will get a power bump for its mid-life update, with the 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated V10 said to produce between 485kW and 500kW – though our guess is that the related Lamborghini Huracan Performante's 470kW/600Nm tune is more likely.

The current R8 Spyder V10 Plus makes 449kW and 560Nm, making for a 0-100 claim of just 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 328km/h.

We're not sure when the updated R8 will be revealed, but a late-2018/early-2019 debut seems likely. Stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest.

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