The declaration for the unavoidable refresh of the current R8 super sedan of Audi caused its fans to worry that the meager change to a next-generation model would upset its subtle balance of contemporary style, outstanding performance, and daily usability. Fortunately, the automaker was not prepared to disappoint the fans of Audi R8 by means of a radical redesign, evolving the sedan for the next generation, but remaining noticeably R8. Therefore, it is expected that the next gen Audi R8 would come with minor tweaks in its external and internal styling and with a more powerful engine for better performance and fuel economy. Audi releases its 2017 R8 in V10 and V10 Plus trim levels.
2017 Audi R8 Changes, Exterior
Audi took a traditional approach to the external design, modernizing the sports sedan with a more angular and sharper look that invigorates a design that actually still holds up in contrast to present contemporaries. The front fascia comes equipped with LED headlights and a hexagonal grill that adopts the DNA design, found across the existing vehicle lineup of Audi. The distinctive pair of air vents is updated with perpendicular blades, changing the slats they sported before.
The similar thing goes for the back air ducts, which are seated over the trapezoidal exhaust tips. Its whole outline and proportions stay very obviously that of the R8. Ahead of the superficial, the novel multi-material space framework is considerably lighter than it was on the earlier model while becoming 40 % more stiffly, as well. Due to a blend of carbon fiber and aluminum-reinforced plastics, the new structure plays a vital role in the considerable weight loss. The V10 model comes equipped with the 19-inch alloy wheels, whereas the V10 Plus version will sprint on 20-inch alloy wheels.
Things are just as contented on the 2017 Audi R8 interior, according to the selected package. Some of the standard internal features that come with the V10 model include fully adjustable sports seats, which are painless to arrange for either traveling or brave back road thrashing. Physically attuned bucket sports seats come in the V10 Plus model for those looking to blur the procession additionally between the street sedan and the race sedan.
Both V10 and V10 Plus models of the 2017 R8 come with a Nappa-leather decorated cabin with an exceptionally driver focused configuration. While the middle console features MMI and volume controls readily available for rapid access, there is no in-dash infotainment monitor. The only interface is the Audi Virtual Cockpit, which is the single-stop-shop for amusement, car information, and navigation functions.
2017 Audi R8 Engine, 0-60
The next Audi R8 keeps things uncomplicated, such as lighter, quicker, and more influential. Audi ditches the V8 engine and the six-rated manual transmission found in the current R8 and currently offers it with a V10 mid-mounted engine with the displacement of 5.2 liters. This engine generates a maximum of 540 HP power and 398 lbs per foot torque in the V10 model and a power and torque of 610 HP and 413 lbs per foot respectively in the V10 Plus model. The V10 model attains the velocity of 60 mph from the start in 3.5 seconds through this engine, whereas the V10 Plus model attains the same figure in 3 seconds. 2017 Audi R8 top speed of outstanding 200 mph-plus.
Both engines are paired with a six-velocity S-Tronic twin-clutch transmission that transmits power to the Quattro four-wheel drive system of Audi.
Release date and the price
March 2016 is expected to be the release date of the new Audi R8 2017, but the price differs between the models. The V10 model of the new R8 can be procured at a minimum price of $165,000, whereas the minimum price of the V10 Plus is expected to be $185,000.
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2017 Audi R8 photos at Vancouver International Autoshow 2016, by Rayn D