Dec 11, 2017
The 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus
The Audi R8 has been thrilling supercar enthusiasts since the first model made its debut in 2006. The latest 2017 Audi R8 might not look like a styling evolution, but its spec has been significantly enhanced with a seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox and even grander performance. The exterior receives effective updates with sharper styling while inside, traditional dials have been completely disappeared, made way for the incredible Virtual Cockpit. V8 is no longer available as an engine option. Instead, all the dazzling Audi R8 nowadays is powered by V10 powerplant. Naijauto's choice today is the fastest V10 Plus which catapults itself from 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds with its 602 bhp.
Before going into the details, here are the 2017 Audi R8 brief specs:
The 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus starts at $194,400 as MSRP which is roughly translated to N70,000,000. Please note that the price excludes $1,250 (N450,000) for destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges.
2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus: Can Audi’s Supercar Avoid the Sophomore Slump?
At the first glance, you may easily confuse the 2017 Audi R8 with its forerunners
As the original Audi R8 styling was nothing but a great hit, it is not a surprise that Audi was very cautious so any tweaks to the latest model will not mess up the iconic design. In fact, at the first glance, you may easily confuse it with its forerunners.
The new carbon-fibre bodywork includes the fixed rear wing, the mirror housing and the rear disfuser
A closer look, however, and you’ll see that the Audi R8 2017 has been delicately enhanced here and there. The creases now are sharper, and at the nose, the grille comes bolder, more angular. Extra visual impacts have been added thanks to the new carbon-fibre bodywork including the fixed rear wing, the mirror housing and the rear disfuser. Overall, the styling is edgier, but from more than 20 meters away it still looks more like a facelift than a new car.
Overall, the styling is edgier...
... but from more than 20 meters away it still looks more like a facelift than a new car
The inside continues the leading-edge design with a beautifully sweeping, wrap-around dashboard that places the driver right at the center of the action hub. The sporty three-spoke steering wheel incorporates a red starter button, a Driver Select switch, Performance mode and controls for the sports exhaust. Seat yourself behind the wheel, on the bucket seat, and you immediately feel a racer.
Seat yourself behind the wheel, and you immediately feel a racer
With its first-rate fit and finish, The 2017 Audi R8 presents itself more than a match to the Porsche 911 and the quality overall is extremely high. Besides, Audi’s exclusive customization service offers a range of unique colors and finishes for the trim inserts and seats. That said, it would have been much better if the climate control had been incorporated into the vents rather than in a separated row like it is. The 2017 Audi R8 gets bucket seats as a standard feature, and they are comfy enough for the longest trips.
The 2017 Audi R8 provides a 112-liter boot in the front
The cabin offers plenty of practical storage, including 2 cup holders, a hefty glovebox and a cubbyhole on the transmission tunnel. Bulky luggage can find spacious housing in the 226-liter parcel shelf behind the front seats. The 2017 Audi R8 provides a 112-liter boot in the front which is relatively deep, but still 34 liters smaller than that in a McLaren, and with its inability of folding the back seats, it lags well behind the Porsche 911 Turbo.
An ergonomic control layout and finest materials always can be found in 2017 Audi R8’s cabin, especially to compare with other luxury counterparts. However, the first-gen model was somewhat disadvantaged by outdated earlier-version MMI infotainment system which employed arrays of chunky knobs mounted on the dashboard. Fortunately, the new 2017 Audi R8, following the latest TT’s success, embodies Audi’s state-of-the-art Virtual Cockpit which gathers all the driving and infotainment functions into a single TFT, configurable screen that is placed right in front of the driver. It allows switching between a conventional speedometer and tachometer cluster, a performance readout, and Google satellite map with great zoom ratio. The only downside of this incredible, glossy thing is, while it is very driver-oriented, the passengers have little ability to peek at or adjust its function themselves.
Audi’s state-of-the-art Virtual Cockpit
The 5.2 liter V10 delivers an astonishing 602bhp, which is 40bhp greater than a Mc.Laren 570S
The major percent of aluminum parts in the 2017 Audi R8’s structure has reduced the Audi’s engine weight by 15% over its predecessor. The 5.2 litre V10 delivers an astonishing 602bhp, which is 40bhp greater than a Mc.Laren 570S. This gigantic power is transmitted to all four wheels via a seven-speed twin-clutch S tronic gearbox and a new Quattro transmission.
The seven-speed S tronic gearbox seldom wastes a fraction of a second between ratios
It seems that the R8’s engine has been made for owners who’d rather walk than consider a smaller, less mechanically exotic one. The seven-speed S tronic gearbox seldom wastes a fraction of a second between ratios and is calibrated in its sportier modes to hold on lower gears extremely resolute, so although the 2017 Audi R8’s power looks less flexible than those of its turbocharge counterparts at first, you will be amazed if it is any slower when put on the track. Despite losing out a tiny tenth of second at the standing start, the V10 Plus outsprints the Porsche 911 Turbo S’s benchmark to 100mp, getting close to the legendary McLaren 650S’s performance.
Although the 2017 Audi R8’s power looks less flexible than those of its turbocharge counterparts at first, you will be amazed if it is any slower when put on the track
The 2017 Audi R8 offers an incredible amount of grip in sharp corners at high speeds, much more than its predecessors in fact. There is also impeccable body control and firm traction.
The Drive Select offers you 4 driving modes, namely Normal, Comfort, Individual and Dynamic. V10 Plus adds a Performance setting that can adjust the stability control to suit the road conditions. The steering feels light and extremely sharp, but even in its sportiest setting, it lacks the weighted feel that found on the McLaren 570S.
The Drive Select offers you 4 driving modes, namely Normal, Comfort, Individual and Dynamic
The 2017 Audi R8 is a feasible everyday cruiser, as elegant at lower speeds as its sibling A5 coupe or TT, yet also a thrilling supercar in its own way. And it is one that we likely will look back on a timeless greatness. If you are looking for a versatile sports car, the 2017 Audi R8 has few rivals to beat.