2017 Audi R8

Buyer's Guide

After a successful eight-year production run, Audi’s supercar charges into its second generation with an all-new design that promises more technology, more performance, and more refinement.

Once again, the R8 shares its genetics with a Lamborghini – in this case, the Huracan. Like the Lambo, it features an aluminum space frame, but it’s been enhanced with a carbon fibre transmission tunnel and rear bulkhead to make it 40 percent stronger and 15 percent lighter than before. Standard magnetic suspension offers a comfortable ride, while new variable steering ensures corners are carved with precision.

Although the R8 loses its jaw-dropping curves for flat planes and sharp angles, it’s instantly recognizable as Audi’s flagship sports car. The big side blades are now split in two – they come finished in silver on the V10, and carbon fibre on the V10 plus – while all LED headlamps are available with laser high beams. The latter is a feature our neighbours to the south don’t get, and an exclusive alongside the BMW i8.

Though the cabin’s shape is familiar, there’s plenty of new technology to be found. The R8 uses the same visually stunning 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster display from the TT that displays navigation and infotainment functionality. In addition, the R8 also gets the latest MMI touch interface, and a USB port for smartphone integration.

The R8 arrives to market ready to go toe-to-toe with the world’s top performance cars. The R8 V10 and V10 Plus use a 5.2-litre V10 engine, and both feature a seven-speed automated manual transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive as standard. Crucially, the 5.2 goes without forced aspiration, though cylinder deactivation and port and direct fuel injection do come standard. Also standard: a spine-tingling redline of 8,500 rpm.

In the case of the V10, power is rated at 540 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque, which is good for a 0-100 km/h time of 3.6 seconds. The plus bumps that figure up to 610 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque, shaving its 0-100 down to 3.3 seconds. A less powerful variant is expected to join in the near future, as is the roadster variant.

The R8’s standard equipment list reads much like that of a luxury sedan – heated leather sports seats upholstered in fine Nappa leather, automatic climate control, ambient lighting, automatic high beams, and a parking camera system. It’s a fine place to pass the miles, and as per Audi’s reputation, build quality is unparalleled.

The V10 plus also adds additional carbon fibre exterior trim, a fixed rear spoiler, 20-inch matte titanium wheels, firmed-up suspension, unique multifunction steering wheel, and seriously impressive carbon-ceramic brakes to counter the additional performance.

Pricing for the R8 V10 starts at $184,000, while the mightier V10 Plus sells for $213,900.

2017 Audi R8 Specifications

There are 3 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $184,000 MSRP
13.9
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
540 hp @7800 rpm
Number of seats 2
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Body style Coupe
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
2dr Cpe Auto V10 $184,000 2 Coupe
2dr Cpe Auto V10 540 hp @7800 rpm 398 ft-lb @6500 rpm 7-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
2dr Cpe Auto V10 174.3" 76.4" 48.8" 104.3"
2dr Cpe Auto V10
2dr Cpe Auto V10 N/A
2dr Cpe Auto V10
2dr Cpe Auto V10
2dr Conv Spyder Auto V10 $198,100 2 Coupe
2dr Conv Spyder Auto V10 540 hp @7800 rpm 398 ft-lb @6500 rpm 7-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
2dr Conv Spyder Auto V10 174.3" 76.4" 49" 104.3"
2dr Conv Spyder Auto V10
2dr Conv Spyder Auto V10 N/A
2dr Conv Spyder Auto V10
2dr Conv Spyder Auto V10
2dr Cpe Auto V10 Plus $213,900 2 Coupe
2dr Cpe Auto V10 Plus 610 hp @7800 rpm 413 ft-lb @6500 rpm 7-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
2dr Cpe Auto V10 Plus 174.3" 76.4" 48.8" 104.3"
2dr Cpe Auto V10 Plus
2dr Cpe Auto V10 Plus N/A
2dr Cpe Auto V10 Plus
2dr Cpe Auto V10 Plus

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Owner Reviews: 2017 Audi / R8

Average Rating

2009 Audi R8

by mralex on 11-02-2012
Its a terrific ride
i like this care very much its good for riding in and going to places, i went to disney land and the fuel economy was really good and i really liked it and it was good.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
4/5
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2009 Audi R8

by madd_skillz on 10-18-2012
This is an example of true craftsmanship.
This is in reviewing my friend's car I was lucky enough to be loaned for a test drive last week. The ratings above really speak for themselves. Gorgeous exterior styling and more horsepower than I've ever experienced in a vehicle. Obviously with a V8 engine, you'll be at the petrol station more often, but this isn't a daily driver folks. This is a "sports" car... you drive it for sport, fun, and excitement.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
3/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
2/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
4/5
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2008 Audi R8

by SixtySix on 10-17-2012
One Word Perfect


I tried a number of cars including an Aston Vantage and a Nissan GTR before buying the Audi.

The Aston didn't feel that special. It reminded me of my old TVR days all be it better finished and nicer to look at. The GTR was very fast - amazingly fast. But again it didn't feel that special and left me a bit numb - I also found the ride very hard compared to the Audi.

The R8 for me was the complete package. It looks gorgeous, sounds lovely and you don't need to drive it fast to appreciate it. It may not be as quick as the GTR but it is plenty quick enough for road use and it comes with more smiles per mile than any other car for the money.

OK its not particularly practical when compared to a saloon, but for a mid engined sports car it isn't bad with the boot upfront and the space behind the seats. Servicing intervals are great and the costs are reasonable.

Fuel consumption is low 20's unless you drive it hard.

All round it is a fabulous car!
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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