It looks very dated to me now, so no, it's not too good to change.
Seems like very minor changes and a natural progression... but I'm still offended by it for some reason. Is the R8 just so good and different that it, like the 911, will be borderline impossible to change?
I think that one's much better, I wouldn't say it's the best looking car I've ever seen tho. I would have to stare at it for a long time to figure out exactly what I would change. Maybe the LED tailight pattern to look more like an A6 but spiffier. The only thing I really didn't like about the '12 was the grilles, those are much better.
I heard one today as I was walking my dog. Then I looked up and noticed it was a white R8. Sounded sick and looked sick. Dunno if it was a v10 or 8 as it was not close enough to easily tell. I still think they're pretty cool and rareish.
edit: what I mean is: yeah, keep it the way it is. No need to change it much. Maybe some aero stuff or something.(for a cost. Keep the stock car stock).
Last edited by HCsmokey; 04-11-2012 at 02:47 AM.
I don't think "completely redesigned" is even in the language.
Maybe "completely redesigned" would be admitting that the original design was not perfect?
Please remember, everybody: the car you see above is still in camo. Yes, the next R8 will be an evolution of the design rather than a completely clean slate, but why would you expect anything different? Audi has a lot of capitol bound up in the R8 - it established a lot of the design language for the current lineup, and is part of the face of the brand. They're not going to toss all that right out the window for the next generation. They'll evolve it, just like everyone does when a new model of anything comes out.
Also, the car in the post above is the PIP (product improvement, or facelift) R8, not the next generation one. Audi (and everyone else) is usually fairly conservative with midcycle facelifts, so that's not a surprise.
It's already been compared to the Acura NSX; letting it languish for years with little to no updating would complete the comparison.
Personally, I think the coupe is weird and ugly, but the Spyder is great minus the front end. Clean up the gaping holes and ditch the tired LEDs* and it would look a lot better.
*I'm well aware that Audi invented the concept, but they looked stupid then and really stupid now that everyone is copying it.
S2000 • TSX
I've driven one, and yes, the thing handles like a dream ... it's perfect for what it is, the everyman's supercar.
That being said, I think the redesign will be evolutionary rather than revolutionary ... as someone above said, Audi has WAY too much R&D and capital wrapped up into the R8 to completely overhaul it new again.
The S2000 was largely unchanged for almost ten years. Corvettes last forever (C4 - 12y, C5 - 9y, etc). Sports cars tend to have long lifespans. The R8 is not old yet.
Do people seriously expect a new model every four years for a $115k supercar like it's a Golf? Not going to happen, costs are too high and volume is too low.
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