Audi is the famous German car maker that brought us many fun cars but in super car segment one particularly stands out and it’s the R8. The 2017 Audi R8 Spyder is a 2-seater mid-engine super car which uses Audi`s trademark Quattro (permanent AWD) system. Audi R8 was for the first time introduced in 2006 and as a vehicle entirely made by Audi`s high performance private subsidiary company Quattro GmbH which based it on the Lamborghini Gallardo platform. What makes it distinct from other supercars is Audi`s Space Frame construction from aluminium monocoque based on space frame principles that give it its edge in speed, rigidness, weight and performance on the track as well as on the road. So lets read what 2017 R8 had to offer to us.
Engine and specs of 2017 R8 Spyder
Since the 2016 model year announced that it was it for the V8 powered Audi R8 we hear speculations that the new engine for the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder will be a V10, and probably the same 5.2L V10 that was launched in 2016 Lamborghini Huracan but tuned a little more to output 540 HP and 398 lb-ft of torque which is 15 HP and 8 lb-ft more than the previous engine. There is also going to be an updated Start-Stop system which is going to help improve MPG ratio to 20 combined which gives us around 10% improvement than the previous model.
Another update might be in the transmission segment, where Audi decided to scrap the six-speed manual and offer a new S-tronic dual clutch only which will deliver the power to all four wheels via Audi`s Quattro system. It is expected that the run from 0-62 MPH will take 3.6 seconds and the top speed will be around 200 MPH which is going to be maybe slightly faster than the coupe version. There are also rumors, but less likely, that the 2017 R8 Spyder will get two electric motors to boost it with T-shaped battery similar to 2016 Audi E-tron with 49 kWh which should output 455 HP and awesome 679 lb-ft of torque. Drivetrain is getting redone too, it will now via smarter electronic gizmos deliver 100% of power to the rear wheels when in normal driving and to the front wheels in slippery conditions.
2017 Audi R8 Spyder changes
Exterior of Audi R8 Spyder 2017 will pretty much stay the same as the coupe version except the soft top and a few changes to the hood and the rear diffusor. Audi`s philosophy is always turned to angular lines and according to the buzz they implemented some here also. It has a little sportier stance due to its larger front grill and side intakes, thin as always LED lights and race-like diffuser. The hood lid is also replaced by solid vented one instead large glass piece that showed the engine in previous models.
The 2017 Audi R8 Spyder interior sadly remains the same as the 2016 coupe version with addition of a few small bits and pieces like flat bottom three spoke steering wheel with plenty of controls on it, updated seats that have to give a little more sportier look with enhanced lateral support. Then there is allegedly new 12 inch screen that replaces the instrument gauges and previous centre placed multimedia display, dashboard and centre console will probably get redesigned with new AC vents and will be in clear coated carbon fibre along with door panels.
Release date and price
As far as the release date goes new Audi R8 Spyder is speculated that late Q4 of 2016 or the beginning of the Q1 of 2017 might be the date of the public reveal of this newly redesigned R8 Spyder 2017 which is not so bad, we can just hope that the sales won’t take long after the reveal, hopefully by the end of 2017 if all goes well. Price is a different story. According to rumours available, to acquire this German super car we will need to set aside from $140,000 to $160,000 of our hard earned money, but that is still OK because it cost somewhat less than its main competitor Lamborghini Huracan Spyder, and by my humble opinion it offers just a little more than it too.
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