Highlighted by its unusually accessible performance and its iconic styling, the new 2017 Audi R8 maintains its status as a mid-engine exotic sports car with its comfortable cabin, an intoxicating soundtrack with either engine, a traditional quick-shifting automated manual and traditional manual transmission system, and an easy to drive fast or slow character. Its release date should be expected sometime during the 2nd Q of 2017.
Even past nine years the original debut, the new 2017 Audi R8 still manages to rubberize necks and continues to motivate social media posts. This is in contrary to what we are used to when sports cars appear as caricatures for a year or two and then are pinned to a bygone era.
For starters, look at the R8 as almost everything that Audi does well – benchmark interiors, powerful engines, and a smooth AWD system. And from behind the wheel, it still cashes the check written by those daring looks.
Boasting aluminum-intensive body construction, with the all-wheel drive system biased towards the rear and the engine located amidships, the R8 provides the kind of telepathic responsiveness one would expect from a smaller, more elemental sports cars. It comes with genuine Italian ancestry, sharing certain mechanical and structural elements with the dearly departed Lamborghini Gallardo, and those supercar genes are readily apparent as soon as you hit the asphalt.
Motivation for speed is offered by the high-revving V10 or V8 engine, with the former sourced from Lamborghini, and the standard transmission is a throwback exposed-gate six-speed manual transmission. As enthralling as the R8 is to drive at a racetrack, we’ve always loved how it drives in mundane situations, as well. And for those who want the convenience of an automatic, the dual-clutch automated manual (S-tronic) provides better fuel economy, and a lighting quick, perfectly executed shifts whenever on demand.
On the highway, the new 2017 Audi R8 offers comfortable seats, an excellent exterior visibility, and a decent ride comfort, plus barely perceptible gear changes with the S tronic in the automatic mode. This is the only vehicle in the segment that will also double up as an easy-to-drive everyday supercar.
It is obvious for a car this old with an engine behind the headrests to come short on several areas. The electronics interface is outdated while the storage space, as you’d expect from a supercar, is limited. Even so, the R8 still shines brightly among other exotics cars even those pricier that itself. Alternatives you could check before deciding include the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT, the 2017 BMW i8, the 2017 Ferrari 458 Italia, and the 2017 Porsche 911.
2017 Audi R8 Engine Specs
Several engines are offered under the 2017 Audi R8 hood. The base R8 V8 is powered by a 4.2L V8 engine good for 430 horsepower and 317 lbs. ft. of torque. EPA estimates its fuel consumption to be around 11/20/14 mpg in the city/highway/combined with the standard six-speed manual, and 14/23/17 mpg with the S tronic.
The R8 V10 takes the stakes higher with its 5.2L V10 engine rated at 525 horsepower and 391 pounds-feet of torque. The manual-equipped V10 Coupe only requires a breathtaking 3.7 seconds, and 3.9 seconds for the R8 V10 Spyder to cross the 60 mph mark.
Boosting the output further to about 550 horsepower and 398 pounds-feet of torque are both the R8 V10 and the R8 V10 Carbon trim models.
Finally, topping the range with its mind-boggling 570 horsepower and 398 pounds-feet of torque is the R8 V10 Competition (coupe only). It is estimated by Audi to sprint from 0-60 mph mark in a blistering 3.2 seconds. According to Audi, the R8 is estimated to achieve a top speed of about 200 mph.
Wheelbase: 8 ft. 8.3 in. (104.3 in.)
Length: 14 ft. 6.3 in. (174.3 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 4.4 in. (76.4 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: 8.0 ft³
Curb weight: 3664 lb
Top Speed: 205 mph
0-60: 3.2 sec
MPG: 14/23 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Akoya Silver Metallic – Audi Exclusive, Alpine Green Pearlcoat – Audi Exclusive, Amalfi White – Audi Exclusive, Amethyst Grey Metallic – Audi Exclusive, Andora Red Pearl Effect – Audi Exclusive, Ara Blue Crystal Effect, Arrow Grey Metallic – Audi Exclusive, Aurora Blue Pearl Effect – Audi Exclusive…
Towing Capacity: N/A
Offered Trims – Audi R8
The coupe and Spyder (convertible) are the only body styles offered for the 2017 Audi R8. With these are five trims: V8, V10, Coupe-only V10 Plus, V10 Competition, and Spyder only V10 Carbon. Both the R8 Etron and the LMS models are substantively reviewed separately.
Exterior Colors & 2017 Audi R8 Interior Review
Exterior colors offered for the new 2017 Audi R8, pending further additions to be unveiled during its release date, include Panther Black Crystal Effect, Sepang Blue Pearl Effect, Brilliant Red, Suzuka Gray Metallic, Avocado Pearl Effect, Daytona Gray Pearl Effect, Gomera Pearl Effect, Espresso Brown Pearl, Cambridge Green Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, Ibis White, and Mythos Black Metallic.
Some of the standard accessories offered include an adaptive suspension system, leather and faux suede upholstery, a trip computer, an automatic climate control, full LED exterior lighting, power-folding heated side mirrors, 19” wheels, a seven-speaker sound system, satellite and HD radio, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a speed-activated rear spoiler, and a heated eight-way power seats.
Price & 2017 Audi R8 Release Date
According to rumors the new 2017 Audi R8 should be expected to be released in the market sometime during the 2nd Q of 2017 with the R8 Convertible starting with an MSRP of $129,400, and the R8 Coupe going for sale for $115,900 starting price.