Audi has just revealed the US pricing of the new 2017 Audi R8. The car is more powerful and more dynamic than its predecessor, it is also faster, more efficient, and more capable. In other words this is Audi's most powerful Audi production model ever. Besides the breathtaking performance it offers due to its high-revving naturally aspirated motor, the 2017 version of the R8 will also delivers precise handling and driver-focused interior.

2017 Audi R8 also includes new application of quattro all-wheel drive, more functional and technologically advanced cabin and an updated seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. In addition, the car weighs 77 pounds less than the one of the previous generation. We should also highlight that the V10 plus features standard Audi carbon ceramic brakes, carbon fiber rear diffuser, front lip spoiler, exterior mirror housings and fixed rear wing spoiler and racing shell seats.

The Updated V10 Engine

2017 Audi R8 Engine

The more potent V10 engine is "borrowed" from the R8 LMS racecar. In fact, the 2017 R8 offers not one but two updated versions of the infamous high-revving naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 FSI engine and a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. The latter integrates with the Audi drive select system, which offers four modes: comfort, auto, dynamic, and individual. The R8 V10 plus models add an extra "performance mode" with dry, wet, and snow programming.

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The new seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission can shift gears in 120 ms for the V10 model, with 540 hp (397 kW) and 539 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque. It helps the car reach 60 mph in 3.5 seconds on its way to a top track speed of 199 mph. The R8 V10 plus generates 610 hp (449 kW) and 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) of torque, catapulting from zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and achieving a top track speed of 205 mph.

2017 Audi R8 Key Facts:

MODEL ENGINE TRANSMISSION HORSEPOWER TORQUE
2017 Audi R8 V10 5.2-liter V10 FSI® seven-speed S tronic® with quattro® AWD 540 hp @ 7,800 – 8,700 rpm 398 lb-ft @ 6,500 rpm
2017 Audi R8 V10 plus 5.2-liter V10 FSI® seven-speed S tronic® with quattro® AWD 610 hp @ 8,250 – 8,700 rpm 413 lb-ft @ 6,500 rpm

Exterior and Interior Design

2017 Audi R8 Rear View

Some of the highlights of the exterior design of the 2017 Audi R8 include the following: Singleframe grille with three dimensional honeycomb design and Anthracite Gray finish, full LED headlights with LED DRLs, LED taillights with dynamic turn signals, 19" 5-V-spoke design cast aluminum wheels in silver finish that are standard on V10 models; 19" 5-double-spoke design forged aluminum wheels in matte titanium finish which are standard on V10 plus; adaptive rear spoiler for the V10 or carbon fiber fixed rear wing spoiler for the V10 plus; two-piece sideblade design and more.

The interior is defined by the monoposto, the large arc with driver-oriented controls and functions. Also included are the Audi Virtual cockpit with high-resolution 12.3-inch display, standard 18-way power seats with Fine Nappa leather for V10 models; standard racing shell seats for the V10 plus models; three-spoke multifunction flat-bottom sport steering wheel with shift paddles and two steering wheel-mounted satellite buttons; Bang & Olufsen Sound System featuring 13 speakers capable of producing 550 watts of sound.

Pricing Details

2017 Audi R8 V10 has a starting price of $162,900 USD, while the price tag for the R8 V10 plus begins at $189,900 USD. Note that the new R8 LMS will make its US racing debut at the ROLEX 24 at Daytona on January 30, competing as part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series.

And don't forget to watch the video below as well as take a look at the updated gallery of the 2017 Audi R8 we have featured.

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Source: Audi