The 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus is the latest incarnation of the highly successful R8 platform that was first introduced in 2006. The qualities of the R8, being part of a family of great German engineering achievements, are well known and enjoyed by many. This model (just like all previous versions of the R8), is exclusively designed, developed, and manufactured by Audi AG's high performance private subsidiary company, Audi Sport GmbH (formerly Quattro GmbH), and is based on the Lamborghini Gallardo platform.
The R8 platform has been very popular since its inception and the car grew consistently in popularity in the first 5 years (even Tony Stark is driving one). However in recent years the R8 has lost some if it's fame due mostly to competition improvements. There have not been many changes to the R8 until now, which is a testament of German quality and engineering being a few years ahead of the others. The 2017 R8 however, has been "refreshed"!
At first look you will think that the car has not changed much but if you look closely, you'll see that the R8's design has been modernized for 2017, with sharper angles, new headlights and taillights and most prominently a redesigned front fascia and a diminished in size side blade compared to the previous model.
In the interior, the center-mounted infotainment system is replaced by an LCD gauge cluster that tells you everything you need to know. What's left is a more raw, driver-centered interior that resembles a fighter jet's cabin, especially with the new steering wheel that's completely filled with buttons that control things like: engine start/stop, exhaust loudness, transmission settings and of course performance settings.
The new R8 is offered only with a naturally aspirated V10 engine. The regular R8 now comes standard with a 540-hp version of the 5.2-liter V10, and the upgraded R8 V10 Plus version produces a monstrous 610 hp. All-wheel drive is standard as with all the previous year models, but the 6-speed manual transmission is now replaced entirely by the formerly optional 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. In a nutshell here are the most impressive facts about this car:
- 5.2-liter V10 FSI engine with 540-610 hp depending on the model
- Seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission
- Mid-engine design • 100% lightweight construction with Audi Space Frame (ASF)
- Permanent quattro four wheel drive
- Carbon fiber-reinforced ceramic brake discs
- R8 performance steering wheel with multifunction plus and performance mode
- Audi virtual cockpit
- Bucket seats
Despite the removal of the manual transmission one of the major intangible improvements of the 2017 model is the fun factor. While previous models have been known to be less exciting to drive, due to the technology getting in the way between the driver and the road, the 2017 model is evidently a lot of fun to drive! So now a lucky owner of one of these cars cannot only just brag about the following impressive performance facts but he/she can also feel the excitement in the gut, which is actually what it is really all about! Here are the numbers:
- 0-60 in 2.9''
- Quarter Mile in 10.6''@ 192.8 MPH
- 1.01 G (AVG) Lateral Acceleration
- 60-0 Breaking in 103 ft.
- Top Speed: 205 MPH
In my opinion, the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus is definitely an improvement over the previous model. Technology is good but feeling is most important. This is what builds stronger bonds between a car and its driver. Combine that with a mid-engine design and you have a car that has reached a level of perfection not easily rivaled by others! To those who can afford this, it is a well spent $190,000!