2017 Audi R8: Next Generation ‘Faster, Lighter’ Automobile

2017 Audi R8: Next Generation ‘Faster, Lighter’ Automobile
Audi R8 [Salon de la photo 2013, Stand Lumix ] – Steve.© Steve C / Flickr CC BY 2.0

The announcement of the arrival of the 2017 Audi R8 caused many people to become anxious as to whether an upgrade to a higher level would compromise the balance of style, usability and performance.


But not to worry; the new version of the R8 is easy to drive, reliable and service-friendly; something you see in every automobile brand these days.

While Audi has incorporated a redesign to its new next generation version, it remains fundamentally an R8.

According to Digital Trends, the new version of Audi R8 is faster, lighter and more powerful. Although it does not offer the V8 option and the six-speed manual transmission, it is equipped with a 5.2 liter mid-mounted V10 engine. The automobile can produce 540 horsepower and 398 pound feet torque in the standard iteration – or 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet torque in the carbon-fibery V10 plus version.

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The V10 Plus model allows the car to speed to 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) in 3.2 seconds and 200 kilometers per hour (124 miles per hour) in 9.9 seconds. The V-10 Plus model also has a stiffer steel spring suspension that replaces magnetic dampers on the standard V-10 version. Moreover, it boasts of a top speed of 205 miles per hour. It is, until now, the fastest and most powerful Audi automobile developed.

The previous version of the R8 was fast but had the terminal understeer, as reported by Yahoo Autos. Able to react faster and having more neutral near its handling limits, Audi has reengineered the Quattro AWD, mechanical locking differential and sticky 19- or 20-inch Pirelli P Zero tires; which give the car a nearly unbreakable grip. With a new electromechanical clutch, the vehicle can now transmit nearly 100 percent of torque in milliseconds.

The cabin of the 2017 R8 is a massive improvement, though the exterior could have been bettered. The driver and co-driver have an abundance of space. The space behind the front seats is enough to store bags. The dashboard has a reconfigurable TFT display in front of the driver. While the dash is a little similar to the TT, it boasts more style.

When compared to the previous versions, Audi’s space frame is 15-percent lighter and 40-percent stiffer.

The electric power steering takes over the hydraulic system. The oversteer is more controllable with the rear-biased all-wheel drive system. The R8 maintains balance even on rough terrains.

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