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Audi R8 V10, more powerful and more dynamic than its predecessor

Edward Green |
The R8 is the pinnacle of performance for Audi, with no other model bearing a closer tie to racing.

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Featuring an updated seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission, which can shift gears in 120 ms, the V10 model, with 540 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque reaches 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and top track speed of 199 mph. The new top model, the R8 V10 plus with 610 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque, catapults from zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and can achieve a top track speed of 205 mph. It features a completely new application of quattro all-wheel drive, and a more technologically advanced cabin.

Weighing approximately 77 pounds less than the R8 V10, 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 for the first time ever in the U.S., racing shell seats. Embodied in the R8 DNA is know-how acquired on the racetrack and from the legacy of Audi endurance racing. For the first time ever, Audi co-developed the all-new R8 with the all-new GT3 race car, the Audi R8 LMS.

Both the new Audi R8 and the R8 LMS made significant performance gains, thanks to the close cooperation between race car engineers, motorsports specialists and developers. The result was just under 50% common parts shared between the two models including the V10 engine and a new ASF aluminum construction with innovative light-weight multi-material construction. Design cues throughout the R8 also harken back to its racing roots which are suggestive of the R18 LMP1 racecar.

Like the first generation R8, the interior is defined by the monoposto, the large arc that pays homage to the shape of a racecar cockpit. Behind the wheel is the Audi Virtual cockpit, which replaces the classic instrument panel and instead features a large 12.3-inch display. Available for the first time on an R8 is Audi connect, offering infotainment features such as 4G LTE connectivity, destination entry via myAudi, travel information, Internet radio and a Wi-Fi hotspot for passenger use.

Model year 2017 R8 starting manufacturer suggested retail prices are R8 $162,900 for V10 and $189,900 for R8 V10 plus.

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