The R8 is Audi’s most expensive car costing even more than the
A8 L W12 sedan. The sports car which is offered in both coupe
and convertible bodies has been revised for the 2017 model
year. Many don’t know but the R8 is actually a close cousin of
Lamborghini Huracan as they share the same chassis and
offer more or less the same level of performance. However, the
Audi costs much less making it a better buy from my point of
view. The 2017 Audi R8 Coupe like the R8 Spyder will be offered
in two trim levels i.e. R8 V10 and R8 V10 Plus. The model will
also receive a host of the automaker’s new technologies.
2017 Audi R8 Coupe Exterior
The exterior profile of the 2017 Audi R8 Coupe has undergone a
comprehensive redesign. The front fascia features a larger
hexagonal-shaped grille with a mesh insert. The bumper is also
revised and integrates shrunken air intakes on the edges; the
intakes also feature vertical slats. The headlights have
straight edges rather than the mild curves of the outgoing
version. In some markets, the model has laser high-beam units
that operate via a camera system to detect oncoming traffic and
consequently adjust the beam distribution appropriately. This
technology is yet to e approved in the U.S. by the NHTSA so
don’t expect such a system here.
At the rear, the coupe taillights feature new graphics. The
rear grille is new and has mesh inserts. The exhaust tips are
trapezoidal rather than circular like in the outgoing model.
The rear diffuser that slots between the exhaust tips has also
been revised. The vertical stripe above the rear air intake was
eliminated. The R8 V10 plus has a carbon-fiber-reinforced wing.
Due to a host of weight saving measures, the automaker has
managed to reduce the coupe’s curb weight to 3,428 lbs, around
110 lbs less than the outgoing model. The front fascia, roof
arch as well as the rear frame is made of aluminum. The model
is however 40% more rigid compared to the outgoing version.
While the wheelbase is unchanged compared to the outgoing
model, the new R8 at a length of 174 inches, width of 76.4
inches and a height of 48.8 inches is 0.6 inches shorter, 0.4
inches wider as well as 0.5 inches lower than the outgoing
The cabin has undergone a more comprehensive redesign than the
exterior profile. To start with, the steering wheel which has a
flat-bottom is integrated with numerous controls on the
crossbars. The model features sports seats with enhanced
lateral supports. The seats have new headrests and revised
pockets; however, these are only standard for the V10 Plus and
optional for the base trim.
The cockpit sports a 12.3-inch touchscreen that houses the
instrument gauges and also replaces the previous MMI screen
that made the center console look rather cluttered. The display
is configurable via controls mounted on the steering wheel to
suit the driver’s preferences. The center stack and the dash
have also been revised. The HVAC console has been relocated for
easier reach while the air vents have been reshaped and the
center vents have been relocated from the center stack bezel.
The center console is much cleaner as the manual gearstick is
not offered as an option anymore.
As for the upholstery, buyers can choose either a full Pearl
Nappa leather treatment or a combination of Pearl Nappa with
Alcantara. There is also an option for a clear-coated carbon
fiber treatment and diamond contrast stitching.
The Audi MMI touch wheel system and the MMI navigation system
are standard. The coupe also features the Audi connect module
that enables the passenger to link his/her Smartphone/tablet to
the car as well as assess the Wi-Fi hotspot. A 500 watts Bang
& Olufsen sound system is optional for the audiophiles.
For safety, the coupe features as standard knee airbags, side
airbags, head curtain airbags, antilock brakes, a rearview
camera, parking sensors and stability control as standard. It
is surprising that the automaker has omitted blind-spot
monitoring, collision mitigation, cruise control and ABS safety
Engine and performance
There are two power options for the coupe but from the same
source. The models are hooked up with a 5.2 L, V-10. On base
models, the engine produces 540 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. On
the top-ranking R8 V10 Plus, the engine produces 610 hp and 413
lb-ft of torque. In both flavors, a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox
is used. The system channels power to all four wheels making
use of the rear-based Quattro AWD system. The system can send
as much as 100% of torque to the front axle if need be.
The base R8 V10 has a top speed of 199 mph while the R8 V10
Plus can hit up to 205 mph. The base model is EPA-rated to
return 14 mpg in city and 22 mpg on highway drives. In terms of
performance, the base R8 V10 takes 3.5 seconds to hit 60 mph
while the R8 V10 Plus cuts 0.3 seconds to complete the same run
in 3.2 seconds.
Price and release date
The model is already available in Audi dealerships. The R8 has
an MSRP of $162,900 with the range-topping model costing much
The Lamborghini Huracan, Porsche
911 Turbo S, McLaren 570GT,
Mercedes-AMG GT R and Acura NSX
are the Audi R8 top rivals.