Edmunds Road Test Manager Jonathan Elfalan decided to take the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder out for a late-night drive through Los Angeles. The R8 Spyder has all the elements of an ideal drop-top exotic: speed, style and sound. Convertibles are often designed for the purpose of making you stand out -- to be seen. But when you have a V10 engine keeping you company, you won't care if there isn't another soul to share the road with you.
[ENGINE STARTS] [MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER: To me, the Audi R8 is the exotic car of the people. The design flies more under the radar. It's clean, angular, simple, functional. But there's a sexiness to it too. It's flashy, but it's not obnoxious. And that's something Audi always seems to nail. There's a certain energy to the sound. [ENGINE REVVING] It's a precision tuned instrument engineered to sound unbridled, and that gives it this attitude. Naturally aspirated engines like this will always make the best sound. It'll never be as powerful or as efficient as a turbocharged engine, but the response, the character, the soul-- now that amounts to so much more.
Audi's signature R8 exotic sports car is fully redesigned for the 2017 model year. The new car still looks very familiar, but there are plenty of changes elsewhere that help boost the car's performance and everyday appeal.
Audi is still borrowing basic hardware for the R8 from Lamborghini, but now the Huracan is the source rather than the Gallardo. Though the R8 remains all-wheel drive, there have been some key drivetrain changes for 2017. The base V8 engine is gone, so the previously optional 5.2-liter V10 powerplant is the only choice. And the traditional manual transmission is gone, along with its throwback gated metal shifter, leaving only the seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The R8 comes in two trim levels, V10 and V10 Plus. The base V10 edition's engine is rated at 540 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, while the power behind the V10 Plus is boosted to 610 hp and 413 pound-feet of torque. The mightier engine vaults the R8 to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds; the base version is just a bit behind at 3.5 seconds.
If the R8's exterior was not in need of change, that wasn't the case inside, where the speedy Audi was a snapshot of mid-2000s design. For 2017, the R8 employs Audi's Virtual Cockpit instrument panel, a 12.3-inch display screen in front of the driver that shows a virtual analog speedometer and tachometer, with infotainment functions displayed between those gauges.
This eliminates the need for a display in the middle of the dashboard and gives the R8's cockpit a streamlined, focused atmosphere, without the visual distraction of that commonplace LCD screen. Audi has followed Ferrari's lead by adding the starter button and drive mode selector to the steering wheel, in the fashion of modern race cars. There is also a 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system for audio entertainment, which thankfully now includes USB inputs to connect your phone.
What is surprisingly missing for such a high-end model, however, are increasingly common advanced safety technologies such as blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and collision mitigation with automatic braking. But we're guessing that with one full-throttle blast of the V10 engine, you're not going to be too worried about that. Use the additional information on Edmunds to help you find the perfect 2017 Audi R8.
2017 Audi R8 Overview
The 2017 Audi R8 is offered in the following submodels: Convertible, Coupe. Available styles include V10 plus quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM), V10 quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM), and V10 quattro Spyder 2dr Convertible AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM). R8 models are available with a 5.2 l-liter gas engine, with output up to 610 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 R8 comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 7-speed automated manual. The 2017 R8 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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Vehicle V10 plus quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM)
Review Went to buy new Ferrari, saw R8 and saved over $150,000, and got same performance.
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2017 audi r8 V10 plus quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM), 7-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (required) 17 combined MPG 14 city MPG/22 highway MPG
2017 audi r8 V10 quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM), 7-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (required) 17 combined MPG 14 city MPG/22 highway MPG
2017 audi r8 V10 quattro Spyder 2dr Convertible AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM), 7-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (required) 17 combined MPG 14 city MPG/22 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2017 Audi R8?
Available Audi R8 2017 Submodel Types: Coupe, Convertible, GT 5.2 FSI quattro
Available Trims: 4.2 quattro, quattro, 4.2 quattro Spyder, V10 quattro, V10 plus quattro, 5.2 quattro, 5.2 quattro Spyder, GT 5.2 FSI quattro, V10 Plus quattro, V10 quattro Spyder
Exterior Colors: Daytona Gray Pearl Effect, Phantom Black Pearl Effect, Ibis White, Ice Silver Metallic, Suzuka Gray Metallic, Ara Blue Crystal Effect, Brilliant Red, Florett Silver Metallic, Mythos Black Metallic, Somoa Orange Metallic, Teak Brown Metallic
Interior Colors: Black leather/sueded microfiber, Black premium leather, Black/Express Red Stitching premium leather, Luxor Beige premium leather, Nougat Brown premium leather, Black Fine Nappa Leather w/Diamond Stitching premium leather, Black alcantara, Black/Ara Blue Stitching premium leather, Tuscan Brown premium leather
Popular Features: AWD/4WD, Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Heated seats, Post-collision safety system, Power Driver Seat, Stability Control, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, Upgraded Headlights, Bluetooth, Aux Audio Inputs, Back-up camera, Navigation, Parking sensors, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Leather Seats, USB Inputs, Upgraded Stereo, Keyless Entry/Start, Mobile Internet, Soft Top
Engine/Mechanics: 8, 10 cylinders
Transmission: AUTOMATED_MANUAL, MANUAL
Fuel Types: premium unleaded (required)
Drivetrains: all wheel drive
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