The Rundown: 2017 Audi R8

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The first Audi R8 represented something that resembles a good memory, similar to the ones you laugh when remember during lunch or while sitting all by yourself. It was a good enjoyable everyday supercar that was not that fast, but sounded pretty good in V10 disguise and could be comfortable enough with the touring dampening mode on long highway stretches. The gist of the story is: it was a pretty damn good mild-supercar that didn’t break the bank and could keep up with some exotics.

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Audi decided to drop a second generation Audi R8 that can either fail miserably or succeed beyond the first generation, and from the looks of it – It seems that they have a winner capable of replacing the legend before which to be honest is quite the hard task, seeing how popular the 1st gen R8 was among adults and youngsters. Let’s have a look at why the new 2017 Audi R8 might be something every previous R8 owner should be looking into.

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Now, we all know that Audi is translating their new design language onto all of the new models and it goes without saying that the new 2017 Audi R8 will be put under the knife to make it sharper, futuristic looking and less organic which might not bode well with R8 enthusiasts and fans.

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You might want to know that the 2017 Audi R8 gets a stiffer chassis that benefits from magnetorheological shock absorbers (taken from the Huracán) that are finely-tuned to work for the 2nd generation R8 given how composed it is.

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The previous R8 drove well and got many upgrades to keep up with newly emerging super-cars, improvements saw it get better handling and added comfort along the way. The new 2017 Audi R8 should feel much better though, with massive improvements to the steering – seeing that the new Lamborghini Huracán’s variable-ratio Dynamic Steering is transferred onto the new R8 with some tweaks to make it better. Making the steering feel much civil and less electronically assisted, almost perfectly weighted to the driving condition which becomes light and slow-ratiod at low speeds, heavy and fast-ratiod during high speed which makes for one hell of a track car.

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It goes without saying that the new 2017 Audi R8 is a lot faster than the old one, and it handles better too with comfort and quality that assures you it still is a supercar. From what we hear, the new R8 grips so hard, it really is impossible to get it to oversteer on corners unless you got some bad set of tires and a really heavy right foot. We don’t have lateral g numbers, but we expect something pretty good considering the sofisticated suspension and AWD system at play – maybe a tad better than the Huracán. Understeer was something that made the previous R8’s handling lackluster to say the least, it was there and it was noticeable at high speeds during early corner entries. Thankfully, it was fixed but it still is present if you can provoke the right conditions.

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We get an improved drive-train that ditches the viscous-coupling center differential in favor of an electronically controlled clutch that manages to allow more power distribution control, with the ability to send all the power forward. Speaking of Power, the 2017 Audi R8 gets its grove on from a naturally aspirated 5.2 liter V-10 that delivers a healthy 540-hp and 398-lb-ft, while low on torque – the new 2017 Audi R8 still manages to deliver a linear power-band and perfect acceleration in mid-range.

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To handle all those ponies, Audi fitted the new 2017 Audi R8 with an improved seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that improves shift times, and gives almost instantaneous shifts when you need em. To skip the nuisance, the new 7-speed DC is pretty darn good. Is it as good as the Porsche 911’s PDK? We don’t know yet, but we will let you know! 0-60 mph takes from 3.2 to 3.3 seconds, which is as fast as a Porsche 911 Turbo S and a 2015 Nissan GTR although one

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Did you really think there was going to be a V-10 version only? Negative, the V-10 Plus is available and it gets you 70 hp more, performance transmission gearing (without overdrive gears), fixed ratio dampers and best of all a performance driving mode that allows for less computer intervention, more slip angle and maximum performance on the transmission. You might want to re-consider before getting the V-10 plus which is powered by the same 5.2L that is tuned to produce 610-hp/413-lb-ft if you aren’t going to track your R8. The 2017 Audi R8 V-10 Plus gets carbon-ceramic brakes and thin-sheet performance seats both of which aren’t necessary unless your going to track your car, so think before you add the extra cash.

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Another noteworthy thing would be the brand new Cockpit that adds delight to a wonderful new interior space. The virtual Cockpit you see above can do about anything you can imagine from displaying performance stats to navigation directions through Google-Earth and entertainment information all on your instrument cluster. This might take a bit of time to get used to, but once you pilot your way through Audi’s MMI rotary controller and the buttons on the steering wheel, you will be flying in no time.

What do you think, did Audi strike gold with the second generation R8?

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