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.
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2017 Audi R8 Coupe Overview
The 2017 Audi R8 Coupe is offered in the following styles: V10 plus quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM), and V10 quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM). R8 Coupe models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 610 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 R8 Coupe comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 7-speed automated manual. The 2017 R8 Coupe comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.