New racer could preview updated road car design.
It's not the updated R8 we were hoping for, but Audi Sport – Audi's performance and motorsport division – has revealed a refreshed R8 LMS GT3 race car at the Paris motor show, which could be giving us a glimpse of what to expect from the facelifted supercar.
Compared to the previous LMS, which made its debut at the 2015 Geneva motor show, the 2019 R8 LMS gets a pointier snout with three vertical slats above the grille and a hood-like element atop the front intake.
There's also an updated front bumper with larger side flics, and a revised design for the headlight surrounds which make it look more angular and aggressive.
Out back there's a blacked-out rear section, and the mid-level outlet for the exhaust system has been reshaped and spans the width of the vehicle.
Described as an "evolution" of the R8 LMS, the 2019 version gets optimised aerodynamics and cooling systems for "greater consistency under various dynamic driving conditions", along with revisions to the clutch and transmission for improved durability and extended service intervals.
Customers can order a brand new R8 LMS GT3 for €398,000 ($640,127), while current owners of the second-generation R8 LMS can retrofit the 2019 upgrades for €28,000 ($45,034).
The 2019 racer is in the process of being homologated for FIA competition, and once complete, will be "battling for points, victories and titles" from January.
As for the facelifted R8 road car, we've seen various pre-production prototypes testing recently, and we're expecting the new model to debut later this year or early next. Stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest.