The newest 2017 Audi R8 gains a bit more power and modern cockpit equipment whilst still retaining its Hollywood style and easy-t-drive demeanor. Its highpoints include an innovative infotainment interface, awesome acceleration and handling, and an exquisite trimmed cabin. The Audi R8 release date should be expected sometime before this fall as a 2017 year model.
While the R8 boasts of a full redesign, it isn’t the only exotic sports car to do so. There’re plenty of other vehicles that have also received thorough refreshments and promise a bruising battle in their categories. But even so, Audi has offered the redesigned R8 plenty of features that undeniably make an appealing choice for anyone shopping in the segment.
Better Performance, AWD, v8
Its repertoire now includes contemporary technology, impressive curb appeal, and an even better performance relative to the outgoing model. Performance wise, the new R8 comes with a new, sophisticated all-wheel drive system borrowed from the Lamborghini Huracan. A distinctive exposed-gate manual transmission, and a sultry base V8 engine. These and other upgrades made to its performance cadre make it a compelling choice for anyone looking for power and distinction.
Granted, the first generation’s cabin features and a layout had become dated in the past couple of years. For 2017 R8, however, Audi has provided the new model with cutting-edge technologies and design that are meant to rejuvenate its appeal. The high-resolution 12.3” touchscreen display, for instance, the company’s “Virtual Cockpit” make the R8 a standout in its class. Another notable feature is the new steering wheel that comes fitted with driving mode and ignition buttons featuring Ferrari designs.
Ostensibly, those shopping in this segment have no shortage of rivals, and we find the tantalizing options before you envious. R8 rivals include Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Porsche 911 Turbo, Jaguar F-Type SVR, and the Acura NSX.
2017 Audi R8 Trims
Two trims are offered for the new 2017 Audi R8: V10 and V10 Plus. Both the 2017 Audi R8 e-tron and Spyder are substantively covered on their own reviews. Audi hasn’t offered any indications about an R8 convertible option yet.
2017 Audi R8 Review of Exterior & Interior Changes
Accessories offered on the R8 V10 include a rearview auto-dimming mirror, LED engine-compartment lighting, nineteen-inch wheels, eighteen-way power seats, Audi’s MMI interface, heated and power-folding side mirrors, LED taillights and headlights, automatic dual-zone climate control, a 12.3” Virtual Cockpit infotainment and instrument display, auxiliary audio jack, a rearview camera, a synthetic suede headliner, a manually-operated telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, keyless entry and ignition, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive suspension dampers, automatic high-beam control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, dual USB ports, a navigation system, and a thirteen-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Options offered include diamond-stitched leather upholstery, red-painted brake calipers, twenty-inch wheels, carbon fiber interior and exterior trim, and larger carbon carbon-ceramic brakes.
Upgrading to the R8 V10 gets you a carbon fiber exterior trim package, partial power sports seats, a sport steering wheel, sport exhaust, a sport suspension, five-speaker audio system, and a smaller fuel tank.
The 2017 Audi R8 Interior comes with fine interior materials and an ergonomic control layout relative to other exotics. Unlike the previous model that was marred by anachronisms on its MMI interface, the new model doesn’t take anything to chance and employs the Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster that displays all infotainment and driving functions on the 12.3” touchscreen interface.
Good Comfortable Seats And a Bad Small Cargo Area
The seats offer lots of comfort during tours and are supportive even for spirited driving. Nitpicking has only yielded two main concerns: a pitiful cargo volume and lack of advanced safety features. Otherwise, the new 2017 Audi R8 should be in every exotic sports car lover’s dreams. More features should be expected on its release date.
Large Number Of Horses For The Engine Of The 2017 Audi R8
Motivating the new 2017 Audi R8 is a 5.2L V10 engine placed in a transparent engine cover behind the seats. The mill when fitted on the V10 model cranks out a whopping 540 horsepower and 398 lbs. ft. of torque, and 413 pounds-ft. of torque and 610 hp in the V10 Plus.
Standard across the lineup are the S-Tronic and all-wheel drive systems.
The 2017 Audi R8 0-60 mph is achieved in a mere 3.5 seconds on the regular R8 V10, and 3.2 seconds on the V10 Plus.
The R8 top speed is rated at 205 mph, at least according to Audi.
2017 Audi R8 Release Date & Price
Sources privy to its developments say we should expect the new model to go for sale sometime before this fall as a 2017 year model, but Audi is yet to offer any conclusive info about this. The 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus price starts from an MSRP of $189,900, while that of the R8 Coupe starts at $162,900.