The first official photos of the new Audi R8 V10 have been released, ahead of the car’s ceremonial unveiling at the Geneva motor show next month.

Powered by a mid-mounted 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated V10 engine, the new R8 is available in two models.

The first sees the V10 produce a total of 540PS and 540Nm of torque at 6,500rpm, enough to propel the R8 from 0-62mph in just 3.5 seconds, and on to a 200mph top speed.

The R8 V10 ‘plus’ meanwhile, is powered by a 610PS version of the same power-plant.  It also produces slightly more torque – 560Nm – and can sprint to 62mph in 3.2 seconds.

In fact, the ‘plus’ version can hit 124mph from rest in just 9.9 seconds, and will keep on pulling until its 205mph top speed.

The new R8 uses cylinder-on-demand technology to shut down one of the two cylinder banks in order to improve economy, and the result is 23.9 mpg and CO2 emissions of 275 g/km for the ‘regular’ R8, with the ‘plus’ model not far behind with 22.8 mpg and 289 g/km.

Both models drive all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic transmission and Audi’s famous quattro four-wheel-drive system.

In the new R8, the transmission now includes a coast function that disengages the clutches when the driver lifts their foot off the accelerator pedal at speeds over 34mph, to help save fuel.

Audi claims the new R8 is up to 50kg lighter than the out-going model, with a quoted dry weight of 1,454kg; the company attributes this to further developments of its Audi Space Frame (ASF) chassis technology and expanded use of carbon-fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) such as in the B-pillars, central tunnel and rear wall.

Following later in 2015 will be the electric R8 e-tron: it now uses a larger 92 kWh battery to provide a range of up to 280 miles, its 462PS drive-train unleashing its 920Nm of torque to achieve 0-62mph acceleration of 3.9 seconds.

The new Audi R8 V10 will be available to order from May 2015, with first deliveries expected towards the end of the year.

Prices for the 540PS model start from £119,500, with the full-fat 610PS version priced from £137,500.