The second generation Audi R8 has returned in a new batch of spy shots took in Germany at the Nürburgring.

The second generation Audi R8 has returned in a new batch of spy shots took in Germany at the Nürburgring.

Riding on the same platform as the Lamborghini Huracan, Audi's flagship sportscar won't look that much different compared to the current model as the designers have planned to make it a bit sharper while largely keeping the same appearance. The vehicle is expected to shave off up to 130 lbs (59 kg) and will likely receive some of the interior cabin goodies seen in the third-gen TT, including the fancy TFT instrument cluster.

Initially, the second-gen Audi R8 will be offered with the familiar naturally-aspirated V8 4.2-liter and V10 5.2-liter engines but most likely these will be updated to generate more power. Later during the car's lifespan there will be a smaller turbocharged gasoline engine. All of these powertrain offerings will work with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission sending output to the quattro AWD system.

Audi hasn't said anything about an official launch but we could see it as early as October for the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

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