Okay okay, maybe the new 2017 Audi R8 wasn’t designed by Iron man or Tony Stark, but if he was to design a car, it would have to look like this! This is by far one of the best looking Audi R8’s to be produced in our opinion. Not only that but the specs on this thing are pretty epic.
We have to admit, we haven’t had the chance to drive the new Audi R8 yet, but Auto Blog has and from what they’re saying this is by far the most insane R8 created to date. We all know that Audi shares it’s V10 engine with Lamborghini…or should we say Lamborghini shares it’s V10 engine with Audi. Either way, the Lamborghini Huracan and the Audi R8 share the same heart. Yeah it might be tuned differently and it might have different valve covers, but the heart is the same. The Huracan was released to the world over a year ago and even though the new Audi R8 is just now hitting the streets, these two cars were developed side by side.
Funny enough, the R8 LMS, the racecar built for WEC endurance racing is so closely related to the street version R8 it shares the same wheelbase, 50% of the parts, and the bodies are built on the same line! The race versions of the R8, the LMS are pulled off the assembly line from time to time for minor tweaks and additions here and there, but after that they’re put back into line and follow most of the same workflow as the road-going Audi R8.
On to the good stuff. The new Audi R8, although it’s been redesigned, still gives you the feeling of Audi familiarity. The chassis is 40% stiffer than previous models although it remains comfortable during normal street driving. Stiffening up the chassis has allowed the Audi brainiacs to fasten this R8 with more forgiving suspension resulting in the comfortable ride.
The sound of the V10 hasn’t lost its touch either. With one push of a button you can transform this R8 from a polite boy scout to a MMA fighter with roids in it’s system.
Also new is Audi’s interface / gauge cluster system (MMI System) is absolutely amazing. The new gauge cluster where you’d find the traditional speedo/tach has been replaced by a 12.3 inch screen at 1,440 x 540 pixels. We’re talking a high res, sharp, rich color system. This MMI system is blowing the doors off anything in it’s class or anything remotely similar for that matter. The display uses a NVIDIA Tegra 30 processor with 2GB working memory that handles the 3D graphics. Yeah, we said it…3D graphics in your Audi R8 supercar. Does it get any better? Yes…yes it does. The car displays Google Earth maps with its high powered graphics processor that there’s virtually no lag time at all.
How about this for sweet:
The virtual cockpit screen, paired with detailed Google Earth maps, provides an unmatched level of detail for Audi’s navigation, which in turn enables some unique abilities. At a racetrack, for example, the virtual cockpit display can show you every turn, along with a live display of your R8’s position on the track. A performance mode view offers a large, central tachometer display, which shows shift points in the background color when the seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch gearbox is being shifted in manual mode – a very handy visual reference that leverages the driver’s peripheral vision to make sure you never overshoot the 8,500-rpm redline.
Now on to the good stuff, the muscle. So, when you go into buy your new Audi R8 you’ll have a few choices. You’ll either get the Audi R8 with a V10 or you’ll opt for the Audi R8 V10 Plus model. The standard V10 is packing 540HP and just under 400 lb-ft of torque while the V10 Plus model is shooting out 610HP with 413 lb-ft of torque along with other upgrades such as the carbon spoiler. Opt for the Plus model and you’ll feel like you’re being shot out of a cannon when you launch from 0-60 in 3.2 seconds.
Although pricing here in good ol’ USA hasn’t been released yet, EU pricing will start at 165,000 Euros for the standard V10 and 187,400 Euros for the V10 Plus model.
Not sold yet? Checkout the rest of the new 2017 Audi R8 images below, we’re pretty sure you’ll be sold after looking at those.