Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2017 Audi R8 OVERVIEW
Audi's resident supercar, the mid-engine R8 returns this year with less weight, more power, and even greater enthusiasm for the track. It's most compelling attribute might be something you didn't expect: the ability to cruise comfortably in everyday driving.
What's New for 2017
After sitting out 2016, the R8 is back in redesigned form.
Choosing Your Audi R8
The two-passenger R8 has been treated to an all-new platform, featuring a mostly aluminum spaceframe with carbon fiber bracing. The results is a 40 percent increase in rigidity and a loss of 110 pounds. The body itself is slightly wider and lower for a more aggressive stance.
The sole engine is a 5.2-liter V10, which produces 540 or 610 horsepower depending on the trim level. Audi's S Tronic dual-clutch automated manual transmission does the shifting. You also get standard launch control, all-wheel drive, and selectable driving modes (Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, Performance). The magnetic ride control system provides a remarkably calm ride in Comfort or Auto modes. The Performance mode is designed specifically for the track.
The R8's new virtual cockpit places a 12.3-inch display screen directly in front of the driver.
As before, the R8 is available in V10 and V10 Plus trims:
Both models are eligible for a premium Bang & Olufsen sound system, dynamic steering with variable ratios, and 20-inch wheels. Most of trim upgrades found on the V10 Plus can be added to the V10 as individual options.
With its highly adaptable ride, the V10 is clearly the better choice for personal transportation. An upgrade to the V10 Plus is only in order if you intended to drive competitively.
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