Introducing the 2017 Audi R8! It’s everything you loved about the car before, just better. The second generation Audi R8 sports car keeps things simple: lighter, faster, and more powerful. Audi drops the V8 option and the six-speed manual transmission and now offers just a 5.2-liter mid-mounted V10 engine. This generates 540 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque in the standard iteration or 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque in the lighter, carbon-fibery V10 plus version. Both engines are married to a seven-speed S Tronic dual-clutch transmission which routes power to Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system.
Audi took a conservative approach to the R8’s exterior design, updating the sports car with a sharper, more angular look that refreshes a design which actually still holds up in comparison to modern contemporaries. The front face now has a more hexagonal grill that follows the design DNA seen across the automaker’s current vehicle lineup. Its distinct pair of air vents are updated with vertical blades replacing the slats they sported previously.