Highlighted by its comfortable cabin, intoxicating soundtrack with either engine, traditional manual and quick-shifting automated-manual transmissions, comfortable cabins, easy-to-drive character, iconic styling, and an unusually accessible performance, the 2017 Audi R8 is a special mid-engine exotic sports cars that you can drive every day of the week. Its release date, should be expected during the 1st Q of 2017, most probably in January.
The R8 comes with a finely-crafted cabin with top-notch materials. We like the center stack’s elegant swoop away from the driver, but it means that some controls require an inconvenient reach. The lightweight seats are comfortable for long-distance travel, and the driving position suits a wide range of people – not a given in this class.
The Spyder models’ convertible soft top can be operated at speeds of up to 31 mph, and it takes roughly 20 seconds in either direction to transform. Audi says there’s enough room behind the R8 coupe’s seats for a pair of golf bags, but you’d have to be pretty hard-pressed for country-club transport to try that.
The top trims come with thermal resistant leather seats that effectively lower surface temperature, which is a nice attribute for open-top motoring. Further back, the 3.5 cubic ft. trunk is awkwardly shaped and can barely provide enough space for an overnight bag. It makes Porsche 911 look like a minivan in terms of cargo volume.
Plenty of standard features are provided for the 2017 Audi R8. However, when compared to the 2016 Porsche 911, the electronics interface looks rather antiquated. Nevertheless, it offers features such as dual-zone climate control, leather and wood trimmings, constellation of buttons and controls beneath the display screen, unique interior ambience, and top-notch surface materials.
And as you might expect of an nine-year-old two-seater with an engine behind the headrests, there are some drawbacks to owning it. The cargo and backseat space is a joke, the interior design is less ergonomic, and the electronics interface, despite a few updates in the past, is outdated.
Even so, the 2017 Audi R8 has plenty of reasons to keep its head high among exotics that even cost an arm and a leg. Whether you are shopping for the stunning but less capable 2017 BMW i8, the umpteen 2017 Porsche 911 models, or looking for high-end exotics like the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT, the 2017 Lamborghini Huracan, and the 2017 Ferrari 458 Italia, the 2017 Audi R8 still remains a dream car for many people.
Trims Offered – Audi R8
Five trims are offered for the two-seat mid-engine exotic 2017 Audi R8 supercar: Spyder-only V10 Carbon, Coupe-only V10 Plus and V10 Competition, V10, and the base V8 model. The 2017 Audi R8 LMS and e-tron are separately reviewed.
Interior Changes & 2017 Audi R8 Exterior Review
Standard accessories and features available for the V8 include a speed activated rear spoiler, 19” wheels, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a trip computer, automatic climate control, full LED exterior lighting, a manual telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a speed-activated rear spoiler, an adaptive suspension, an auxiliary audio jack, a seven-speaker sound system, a faux and leather upholstery, eight-way heated power seats, a rearview auto-dimming mirrors, and satellite and HD radio.
Top trims get features like heated power seats and power-folding mirrors, carbon ceramic brakes, a sport exhaust, upgraded stereo, red brake calipers, several aesthetic exterior trim, matte-carbon “sideblades,” and leather upgrades.
The exterior color palette includes Ara Blue Crystal Effect, Amalfi White, Tango Red Metallic, Daytona Gray Pearl Effect, Camaflouge Green Metallic, Toucan Yellow, Dakar Beige Metallic, and Mythos Black Metallic.
We are still looking into some leads that are in the know-how of the full list of features, packages, and standalone features that are forthcoming, and we’ll be updating the post before the R8 release date.
2017 Audi R8 Engine Specs
Four engines are offered under the hood of the 2017 Audi R8. The 4.2L V8 base engine starts off the R8 engine ladder and is rated at 430 hp and 317 lbs. ft. of torque. Next up is the R8 V10 model that boasts of a 525 horsepower and 391 pounds-feet of torque – generating 5.2L V10 engine.
The R8 V10 Plus and the V10 Carbon further boost the power to 550 horsepower and 398 pounds-ft. of torque. Audi says the V10 Plus should be able to hustle from 0-60 mph in just under 3.4 seconds.
Finally, the coupe-only R8 V10 Competition is offered exclusively with the S Tronic and generates a healthy 570 horsepower and 398 pounds-ft. of torque. Its top speed is estimated to be well over 200 mph.
Wheelbase: 8 ft. 8.3 in. (104.3 in.)
Length: 14 ft. 6.3 in. (174.3 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 4.4 in. (76.4 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: 8.0 ft³
Curb weight: 3664 lb
Top Speed: 205 mph
0-60: 3.4 sec
MPG: 14/22 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Akoya Silver Metallic – Audi Exclusive, Alpine Green Pearlcoat – Audi Exclusive, Amalfi White – Audi Exclusive, Amethyst Grey Metallic – Audi Exclusive, Andora Red Pearl Effect – Audi Exclusive, Ara Blue Crystal Effect, Arrow Grey Metallic – Audi Exclusive, Aurora Blue Pearl Effect – Audi Exclusive…
Towing Capacity: N/A
2017 Audi R8 Release Date & Price
Its release should be expected during the 1st Q of 2017. Once available, rumors allege the 2017 Audi R8 Coupe will cost $170,000.