Has Audi Malaysia just teased us with the new Audi R8? It’s hard to say for sure, but it sure looks like the company is giving us a snippet of things to come in 2016.

Pictured in its well wishes of a Happy New Year is the second-generation Audi R8. The brand’s flagship sports car was revealed in February 2015, and it wouldn’t surprise us much if Audi Malaysia decided to unleash it here.

Specifically, the new R8 features a 5.2 litre naturally-aspirated V10 petrol engine, paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The previous options of a V8 engine and manual transmission are no longer available, simply because of a lacking demand for it.

Audi R8 e-tron quattro

Still, the sole variant offers a cool 540 hp and 540 Nm of torque that sends the car flying from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds. Opt of the R8 plus variant, and power is increased to 610 hp and 560 Nm of torque. The plus version performs the century sprint in 3.2 seconds, and has a 0-200 km/h time of 9.9 seconds.

The previous R8 5.2 TFSI quattro was listed at RM1,245,900, OTR without insurance. Should Audi Malaysia decide to bring the new one here, how would you feel about paying the same money for a car that competes directly with the similarly-priced Mercedes-AMG GT S and BMW i8?

Also, don’t forget to watch our final episode of the Driven Web Series 2015 and find out what we think about three of the hottest sports cars in the country at the moment.

GALLERY: Audi R8 official images