Audi first used the R8 name in 2000 for the Le Mans sports-prototype race car that turned out to be one of the most successful racing sports cars, due to the fact it won the 24 Hours Le Mans race for five times out of the six times it competed. In 2006, it was inherited by the Audi R10 TDI Diesel, and the name R8 was passed on to the new road car, the 2-seater super car that shared the same platform with the Lamborghini Gallardo, manufactured under the auspices of Quattro GmbH, a high performance private subsidiary of Audi AG. An old Audi’s factory in Neckarsulm, Germany, was renovated in order to start the production of the R8. The powerful R8 was carefully manufactured by the most experienced factory employees, internally called silver liners due to the fact most of them have gray hair: After all, there’s no room for mistakes when building a car that requires 5000 parts and 70 hours to be made. The very first Audi R8 road car was introduced in 2006 at the Paris Auto Show. The first generation of this model was produced until 2015, and around 30,000 units were built. In 2015, Audi introduced the second generation of the R8 at the Geneva Motor Show.
Exterior and Interior
As far as the exterior is concerned, the new 2017 Audi R8 features a sporty, energetic and aggressive look. Looking at the front, the grille is bigger than ever, placed between a pair of air vents improved with vertical blades under the wedge-shaped LED headlights. It is longer and wider than its predecessor and the signature side blade has been split in two. Overall, it’s just a more angular and stylish version of the previous model. On the other hand, the interior could leave you speechless. The new R8 features the Audi Virtual Cockpit, which gets rid of the analog instruments cluster by making all the options available on the 12.3 inch high-resolution LCD display placed right behind the steering wheel. The driver can communicate with this system via the steering wheel thumb pads.
The passengers will definitely enjoy the leather upholstery of the heated, power-adjustable sport seats. However, plastic paddle shifters are a bit disappointing. Cargo space is not impressive, nor it’s expected to be, considering this is a sports car, but there’s more than enough room inside the cabin for passengers to feel comfortable.
2017 Audi R8 Engine
The brand new shares its platform, the Modular Sportscar System, with its Italian cousin, the Lamborghini Huracan. This structure is 70 pounds lighter than the one used for the previous mode, and by cleverly using aluminum and carbon fiber reinforced plastics, the engineers managed to shed off a total of 110 pounds. Unlike its predecessor, the brand new R8 won’t feature a 4.2 liter V8. However, both the V10 and the V10 Plus styles will feature an improved version of the 5.2 liter normally-aspirated V10 engine under the hood. This powertrain is capable of delivering an astounding 540 HP and 389 lb ft of torque for the V10 and 610 HP with 413 lb ft of torque for the V10 Plus. The engine is capable of getting from 0 to 60 in just 3.2 seconds, 0.7 seconds less than the first model of the second generation. It is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and it is an only option, transmission wise.
2017 Audi R8 Pricing
The price of the 2017 Audi R8 will be around $165,000 for the V10 model and around $185,000 for the V10 Plus. It is expected to be placed on the market during the summer of 2016.
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