by Bill P.
I’m still in awe of the 2016 Audi R8 Spyder, and here comes its new cousin, the 2017 Audi R8 V10 and the race-ready Audi R8 V10 Plus that boasts 610 horsepower!
Faster, more efficient and more capable on the road and track, the 2017 R8 is the most powerful Audi production car ever. The 2017 R8 features a high-revving naturally aspirated V10 engine and revised Quattro all-wheel drive for unparalled performance.
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Along with a two-piece sideblade design, the 2017 R8 V10 has a new Singleframe grille with three dimensional honeycomb design and Anthracite Gray finish, LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED taillights with dynamic turn signals.
The R8 V10 has standard 19 inch 5-V spoke aluminum wheels with a silver finish. Standard on V10 Plus are 19 inch 5-double-spoke forged aluminum wheels in a matte titanium finish.
The 2017 R8 V10 has an adaptive rear spoiler that enhances the drag coefficient and helps the whip tear through the air at high speeds. The V10 Plus has a carbon fiber fixed rear wing spoiler.
The R8 V10 Plus has swagtastic standard style enhancements like a carbon fiber rear diffuser, front lip spoiler, exterior mirror housings, and a fixed rear wing spoiler. US racing seats and carbon ceramic brakes are also included.
For the first time, Audi co-developed the all-new R8 with the Audi R8 LMS – its GT3 race car companion. Just fewer than 50 percent common parts are shared between the two models including a new Audi Space Frame aluminum construction with innovative light-weight multi- materials and the powerful V10.
The underbody features drag reduction panels to ensure a smooth surface and NACA ports, which allow additional air to be channeled through the engine bay or to other critical drivetrain components. The drag coefficient is 0.34 with adaptive rear spoiler retracted or 0.35 with it extended, and 0.36 with the fixed rear wing spoiler.
For 2017 the Audi R8 presents a V10 engine with 540 horsepower, 398 lb-ft of torque and a top speed of 199 mph. The R8 V10 Plus model boasts a whopping 610 horsepower, 413 lb-ft of torque and a top speed of 205 mph. The V10 jets from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds and the base R8 V10 can get to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.
Both the R8 and the R8 V10 Plus have an updated 7 speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission that shifts gears in 120 milliseconds.
The new R8 offers two updated versions of the infamous high-revving, naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 FSI engine and a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission, which integrates with the Audi drive select system. Available on the R8 for the first time, Audi drive select offers four modes: comfort, auto, dynamic, and individual, and on R8 V10 plus models, an additional performance mode with dry, wet, and snow programming which allows for enhanced performance based on the selected road condition.
A new fuel injection system combines the benefits of indirect and direct injection and uses an intelligent engine management control unit to help optimize fuel injection and distribution based on engine load.
The R8 uses a double-wishbone design for both the front and rear suspension systems. The suspension weight is kept low through the use of forged aluminum control arms, while local dynamic rigidity has been enhanced by connecting the control arms directly to the ASF chassis.
The all-new RWD R8 has a completely redesigned quattro system that can send 100 percent of available torque to the front axle thanks to an electronically controlled hydraulic multi-plate clutch on the front axle, torque vectoring, and quattro integration within the Audi drive select system.
Audi Space Frame Lighter with More Muscle
The mid-engine concept provides the basis for the striking design of the new Audi R8, with its protruding cockpit and long flowing roofline that extends to the rear. The strong shoulder line is now uninterrupted by the new two-piece design of the Audi side blade and the hidden door handles. Dimensions are similar to the previous generation but further emphasize the flat, wide and muscular characteristics of the R8 decreasing half an inch in height and length but increasing half an inch in width.
The new R8 utilizes Audi expertise in lightweight design through an all-new application of the iconic Audi Space Frame (ASF) lightweight chassis, through the use of 13 percent carbon fiber materials. The new multi-material construction has allowed for improved chassis performance with 40 percent greater rigidity.
The new ASF also helps the R8 drop weight, with the V10 plus weighing 88 pounds less compared to the previous generation and the V10 weighing 143 pounds less.
The new R8 models also feature an exhaust system with integrated twin-trapezoidal exhaust outlets and variable exhaust flaps that, once opened, provide a monstrous exhaust note. The V10 plus models come standard with black exhaust outlets mated to a sport exhaust system.
Cockpit Set for High-Tech Racing
The interior of the 2017 Audi R8 is very similar to the 2016 model, defined by the monoposto, sweeping cockpit with driver-oriented, easy-to-operate controls. the classic instrument panel is replaced with Audi ‘s Virtual cockpit a 12.3 inch high-resolution display.
New for 2017 is Audi connect, offering infotainment features like as 4G LTE connectivity, destination entry via myAudi, travel information, Internet radio and a Wi-Fi hotspot for passenger use. Also, with available Audi connect, Google Earth satellite maps appear across the entire virtual cockpit allowing the driver to better navigate each turn in the road or the track ahead.
Additional interior features include standard 18-way Fine Nappa leather power seats with for V10 models and standard racing shell seat on the V10 Plus.
A three-spoke multifunction flat-bottom sport steering wheel has shift paddles and two steering wheel-mounted satellite buttons for engine Start/Stop and Audi drive select respectively. The R8 V10 plus steering wheel adds two additional satellite buttons for the Performance mode selector and Sport exhaust.
A Bang & Olufsen Sound System is standard featuring 13 speakers capable of producing 550 watts of pure, crisp sound (standard V10, optional V10 plus).
With uncompromising performance and unmistakable design, the R8 model line has represented the pinnacle of Audi performance since its introduction in 2008, and this all-new 2017 R8 is no exception.