Audi is preparing to release a facelifted R8 supercar in summer 2012. The R8 facelift will launch next year with a range of stronger engines. Its 4.2-litre V8 will be upgraded to the same spec as the Audi RS5. It is expected to have a boosted output, from 424bhp to 444bhp.
The new model will receive a revised 4.2-litre FSI V8 similar to the unit used in the current Audi RS5, producing 331kW – up from the current R8 4.2 with 309kW. According to reports the 2012 Audi R8 will hit international markets during mid-2012, with the drop-top Spyder version following soon after.