2017 Audi R8 Spyder

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When we talk about supercars, Audi R8 is one of the masterpieces that come in our mind. R8 has its distinct popularity in the sports car segment since its introduction by the eminent German manufacturer. The 2-door, mid-engine supercar is available in both coupe and convertible body styles. Audi R8 was hailed as not just a car, but as a work of art.

Audi R8 convertible alias Audi R8 V10 quattro Spyder costs $175,100 for the base trim. The main highlights of the R8 quattro Spyder is the 5.2L FSI V10 DOHC engine, astonishing exteriors, and feature-rich 12.3-inch infotainment system. Major rivals of the R8 Spyder include Jaguar F-Type R Convertible, Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet, and Lamborghini Huracan Spyder LP 610-4. Let compare the R8 with its competitors in a detailed review below:


7.8/10
Features

 
 

6.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.6/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2017 Audi R8 Convertible is the latest R8 after the 2015 model, which is debuted in the New York Auto Show. The noticeable differences in the new 2017 R8 include sharper exteriors, new LED headlights, more dynamic interiors, and a futuristic infotainment system. The 2017 model of the R8 dropped the 6-speed manual transmission of the predecessor and opted for 7-speed automatic transmission. The 2015's V8 engine option isn't available for the 2017 R8; it comes with two magnificent engine options; a V10 and V10 plus.

2017 Audi R8 Spyder Features

7.8/10

2017 Audi R8 comes in two trims i.e. V10 and V10+. The standard features in the 2017 V10 R8 Spyder include keyless entry and ignition, Manual-tilt steering wheel, Automatic climate control, LED headlights and taillights along with premium 19-inch alloy wheels. For a comfortable supercar experience, 2017 R8 Spyder features adaptive suspension dampers, Drive select, and 18-way power adjustable seats. The all-wheel drive system, called "Quattro" in Audi's words, is Standard in both V10 and V10+ trims.

Trim R8 Spyder V10 R8 Spyder V10 Plus
MSRP $175,100 $189,900
Key Features
  • Singleframe grille includes 3D honeycomb design with Anthracite Gray matte finish
  • Three-spoke multifunction flat-bottom sport steering wheel with shift paddles and two steering wheel-mounted satellite buttons
  • Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 13 speakers and 550 watts Audi music interface with two USB ports BLUETOOTH wireless technology preparation for compatible mobile phones
  • Rain/light sensor for automatic windshield wipers and headlights
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 90-day trial subscription Audi connect with six-month trial subscription
  • Parking system plus with rear view camera (front and rear acoustic sensors)
  • Automatic climate control
  • Heated exterior side mirrors
  • Auto-dimming interior rearview mirror with digital compass
  • MMI navigation plus with voice control system
  • 5.2L v-10 produces 600hp and 413lb-ft torque. larger 20" alloy wheels premium extended leather upholstery carbon-ceramic brakes. The major changes in the V10+ trim is a sports steering wheel with sport suspension with conventional dampers, a smaller fuel tank a basic 5-speaker audio system.  

On the other hand, The R8 V10+ Spyder feature larger 20" alloy wheels, premium extended leather upholstery, and carbon-ceramic brakes. 

2017 Audi R8 Spyder Engine

"The R8’s 5.2-liter V-10 engine is offered in two strengths, both potent enough to knock the wind out of unsuspecting passengers and both capable of searing your eardrums with their otherworldly exhalations" - Car and driver

Engine and Transmission

2017 R8 V10 Quattro is boosted with a 5.2-Liter V10 engine that produces enough power and torque counts for a supercar. The 5.2L V10 throws power at 540 hp @ 7800 rpm which is more than sufficient for the segment. The other engine option is the more powerful V10 engine that generates 602 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. Audi ditched its traditional 6-speed manual transmission for the smoother and more convenient 7-speed Automatic.

 

Models Audi R8 V10 Quattro spyder Jaguar F-Type R convertible Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet Lamborghini Huracan Spyder LP 610-4
MSRP $175,100 $108,250 $171,500 $262,450
Engine 5.2L FSI V10 DOHC 5.0L DOHC 32V V8 Supercharged 3.8L Twin-Turbo 6 Cylinder 5.2L 40V V10
Transmission 7-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 7-speed automatic 7-speed automatic
Horsepower 540 hp @ 7800 rpm 550 hp @ 6500 rpm 540 hp @ 6400 rpm 573 hp @ 8000 rpm
Torque 398 lb-ft @ 6500 rpm 502 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm 486 lb-ft @ 1950 rpm 398 lb-ft @ 6500 rpm

R8 with the V10 possess impressive torque count of 398 lb-ft @ 6500 which is equal to the Huracan Spyder's torque. No other car generates the power that the Huracan beholds but it costs a hefty amount of money too. The only car that has better performance considering its price is the F-Type R convertible.

Acceleration

R8 V10 Spyder takes just 3.5 seconds in attaining a speed of 60 mph from still which is competitive in the segment. The potent V10 in the R8 Spyder Quattro along with the smooth and quick gear shifts allow the R8 to achieve these results. While the rivals like Jaguar F-Type R Convertible, Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet, and Lamborghini Huracan Spyder take 3.5, 3.6, and 3.3 seconds respectively, in boosting from 0-60 mph.

Models Audi R8 V10 Quattro Spyder Jaguar F-Type R convertible Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet Lamborghini Huracan Spyder LP 610-4
0-60 MPH 3.5 sec 3.5 sec 3.6 sec 3.3 sec
Quarter mile 11.5 sec 11.9 sec 11.0 sec 11.2 sec
Engine 5.2L 5.0L 3.8L 5.2L
Emission (Tonnes/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 10.4 9.8 8.4 11.0

 Though not best in class, the quarter-mile test results are competitive for the V10 Spyder, as it takes only 11.5 seconds in measuring a quarter-mile of distance. Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet and Lamborghini Huracan Spyder LP 610-4 offer quicker quarter-mile results than the R8 V10 Spyder though real-life performance is more or less similar. The 3.8L Twin-Turbo engine in the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet comes out as an eco-friendly one, as it produces lowest CO2 emission of 8.4 tons/ 15k miles while those who love Huracan must look away as it releases the most CO2 in the air.

Ride and Handling

The R8 excels in the riding department, as it features an exceptionally powerful acceleration experience. The 5.2L V10 shows its full potential when you tap your foot on the acceleration pad. R8 Spyder features a thrilling sports car experience with a top speed of 198 mph. The premium interiors are spacious enough and the power-adjustable seats are comfortable even during long rides.

The adaptive suspension dampers work well on a bit harsh road conditions but we cannot expect much because of low ground clearance. The handing was confident and exciting as the steering is convenient and adjustable. The experience is even better with the roof down, as it looks sportier without a roof! At last, 2017 R8 Spyder keeps the legacy of the premium supercar along with the mesmerizing riding experience.

Braking

The 2017 R8 Spyder features medium-size braking pads of 14.4 and 14.0 inches for rear and front respectively. The R8 V10 Spyder features an Anti-lock Braking System with electronic brake pressure distribution and brake assist on the board. The braking in the R8 Spyder isn't the quickest, though it's decent. Audi R8 V10 Quattro Spyder takes 111 feet while decelerating from 60 mph to still.

Model Audi R8 V10 Quattro Spyder Jaguar F-Type convertible Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet Lamborghini Huracan Spyder LP 610-4
Brake Front (in.) 14.4 15.0 15.0 14.4
Brake Rear (in.) 14.0 14.8 15.0 14.0
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3957 3847 3671 3399
60-0 MPH (ft.) 111 111 97.0 104.0

Rivals including Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet and Lamborghini Huracan Spyder LP 610-4 have more powerful braking systems while decelerating from 60 mph to a standstill. Porsche only takes 97 feet to do so while Huracan takes 104 feet. Jaguar F-Type travels the same distance as the Audi R8 during emergency braking. The R8's higher curb weight of 3957 is the reason for its poor braking performance.

2017 Audi R8 Spyder Fuel Economy

6.5/10

Fuel economy is the segment in which we cannot expect much from the supercars, as these cars are equipped with massive powerhouses. The V10 engine in the Audi R8 is equipped with cylinder-deactivation technology, which results in improved fuel consumption, as claimed by Audi. Audi R8 V10 Quattro Spyder offers fuel economy of 14 and 22 mpg on city roads and highways respectively, which is acceptable for a luxury sports car.  

Model Audi R8 V10 Quattro Spyder Jaguar F-Type R convertible Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet Lamborghini Huracan Spyder LP 610-4
MPG (city) 14 15 19 14
MPG (highway) 22 23 24 20
MPG (combined) 17 18 21 16

The combined fuel economy of the Audi R8 V10 Quattro Spyder stands at 17 mpg while some rivals including Jaguar F-Type R convertible and Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet have better fuel economies of 18 and 21 mpg respectively. The Lamborghini Huracan Spyder LP 610-4 features lowest fuel-efficiency, as it has the most powerful powertrain amongst the rivals.

2017 Audi R8 Spyder Interior

7.6/10

The R8's cabin has always offered an ergonomic control layout and fine materials, particularly compared to other exotic sports cars. However, the first-generation model was hampered by anachronisms like an early version of the MMI infotainment system that utilized a relatively clunky dashboard-mounted control knob. Thankfully, the new R8 gives up nothing inside to any other Audi model. - edmunds

Seating and Comfort

2017 Audi R8 Spyder features a seating capacity of two passengers which is standard in the full-time sports car segment. The interiors featured in the R8 spider are spacious enough for two-passenger as the car features decent head/shoulder/leg spaces. The material quality and leather upholstery are up to the mark, and the interiors hold a premium appeal. The 18-way power-adjustable seats are really comfortable and soothing. The features like keyless entry and ignition, automatic climate control and touchpad are standard in the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder.

Have a complete look of the interior

Model Audi R8 V10 Quattro Spyder Jaguar F-Type R convertible Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet Lamborghini Huracan Spyder LP 610-4
Passenger capacity 2 2 4 2
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.5/55.1/- 37.0/56.5/43.0 38.8/52.0/45.8 N/A
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) N/A N/A 33.2/48.5/27.0 N/A

Infotainment System

 

When it comes to the Infotainment system, the R8 V10 Spyder offers a single 12.3-inch, High-resolution display on the driver's side. The infotainment system is intuitive and easy to operate, as it offers an interactive interface along with best-in-class sound output. The main highlights of the infotainment system include SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with 90-day trial subscription, Bang & Olufsen 13-speaker sound system, Audi connect® with a six-month trial subscription, and MMI® navigation plus with a voice control system. The connectivity features include Bluetooth, Dual-USB ports, satellite radio system, and auxiliary input jack.

Cargo Capacity

The two-seater Audi R8 V10 Spyder offer nothing exciting in the cargo segment. The car has a boot capacity of only 4.0 feet cube which is lowest in the segment. It seems that the German manufacturer has stressed on the performance and looks only as the boot is neither convenient nor spacious. The boot is hardly enough for the luggage of two people for a general outing.

Model Audi R8 V10 Quattro Spyder Jaguar F-Type R convertible Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet Lamborghini Huracan Spyder LP 610-4
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 4.0 7.3 4.4 N/A

The Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet also features a low capacity boot, as it has a cargo volume of only 4.4 feet cube. On the other hand, Jaguar F-Type R convertible feature a decent cargo volume of 7.3 feet cube which is best among competitors. At last, Audi R8 V10 Quattro Spyder fails to impress us in the segment.

 

2017 Audi R8 Spyder Exterior

Arresting looks match the R8’s high-performance aspirations and draw attention no matter where it goes. Its proportions make it appear more imposing and aggressive than its measurements might suggest, and the Spyder’s cloth top can be raised or lowered on the fly—the cherry on top of this attention-getting sundae. - caranddriver

Dimensions and Weight

The 2017 R8 doesn’t feature a drastic makeover; it features the same design language of the previous 2015 model with some modifications. The 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder has sharper exteriors, aggressive LED headlights, premium 19" alloy wheels, and a foldable carbon-fiber roof, which feature fast 20-second operations. R8 is the shortest car in the segment but it still gets the longest wheelbase.

Model Audi R8 V10 quattro Spyder Jaguar F-Type R convertible Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet Lamborghini Huracan Spyder LP 610-4
Curb weight (lbs.) 3957 3847 3671 3399
Length(in) 174.3 176.0 177.4 175.6
Width(in) 76.4 75.7 74.0 75.8
Height(in) 49.0 51.5 51.0 46.5
Ground clearance (in) 4.3 4.8 4.2 5.3
Wheelbase (in) 104.4 103.2 96.5 103.2

Audi R8 Spyder features ground clearance of 4.3 feet respectively which is below average in the segment. The rival like Jaguar F-Type R convertible and Lamborghini Huracan Spyder LP 610-4 feature better ground clearances of 4.8 and 5.3 inches respectively.

2017 Audi R8 Spyder Safety

The 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder features standard safety features including Direct tire pressure monitoring system, Anti-lock Braking System, and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) along with secondary collision brake assist and traction control (ASR) on the board. For safer parking, an advanced parking system with dual (front and rear) parking cameras is present in the 2017 R8 Spyder.  

Safety Features

  • Driver single-stage airbag and front passenger dual-stage airbag
  • Sideguard head-curtain airbags
  • Driver and front passenger three-point safety belts with pre-tensioning and adaptive force limiters
  • Power central locking system with safety unlock feature if airbags deploy
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with secondary collision brake assist and traction control (ASR)
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake pressure Distribution (EBD) and brake assist
  • Direct tire pressure monitoring system
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • For passenger safety, Audi R8 V10 Quattro Spyder is equipped with driver single-stage airbag and front passenger dual-stage airbag along with safeguard head-curtain airbags. The driver and front passenger three-point safety belts with pre-tensioning and adaptive force limiters are also standard for the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder. Surprisingly, the 2017 R8 Spyder lacks advanced safety features like blind-spot monitoring system, adaptive cruise control, automatic braking and crash mitigation.

2017 Audi R8 Spyder Competition

Audi R8 Convertible vs Jaguar F-Type R convertible

Audi R8 V10 quattro Spyder features more powerful engine and better acceleration when compared with the Jaguar F-Type R convertible. Audi R8 Spyder also excels in segments like braking, interiors, and infotainment system when compared with the Jaguar F-Type R Convertible. On the other hands, $68K cheaper, Jaguar F-Type outshines the R8 Spyder in segments like fuel-efficiency, cargo capacity, and ground clearance.

Audi R8 Convertible vs Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

Both Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet and Audi R8 Spyder are equipped with powerful engine, impressive acceleration and provide cut-throat competition to each other in the segment. Porsche 911 Turbo excels in segments like braking, cargo capacity, fuel-economy when compared with the 2017 R8 Spyder. On the other hand, R8 Spyder outshines Porsche 911 in segments like infotainment, interiors, ground clearance, and suspension.

Audi R8 Convertible vs Lamborghini Huracan Spyder LP 610-4

Lamborghini Huracan Spyder comes with a better performing engine and has better acceleration when compared with the R8 Spyder. Lamborghini Huracan Spyder outclasses the 2017 R8 in segments like braking, ground clearance, interiors, and overall sporty experience. On the other hand, Audi R8 Spyder features better fuel-efficiency, infotainment system, and suspension along with a $90K cheaper price tag.

2017 Audi R8 Spyder Final Verdict

The latest 2017 Audi R8 Spyder is boosted with a potent V10 engine along with one of the best acceleration counts in the segment. The two-seater sports car features impressive riding and handling experience, premium spacious interiors, and latest infotainment system along with decent braking system and fuel economy on the boards. Though the car has some impressive features, it lacks in cargo capacity and advanced safety features.

Pros

Potent engine

Impressive acceleration

Riding and Handling

Interiors and infotainment

Cons

Low cargo capacity

Some advanced safety features unavailable

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$175100

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

2

top speed

198 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

318 cu. in.

horsepower

540 hp @ 7800 rpm

torque

398 lb.-ft. @ 6500 rpm

transmission

7-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear double wishbone suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14 in. ventilated disc brakes/14.4 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

104.4 in.

length

174.3 in.

width

76.4 in.

height

49 in.

curb weight

3957 lbs.

ground clearance

6.3 in.

capacity

cargo volume

4 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.2 sec.

zero to 100 mph

7.4 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

3.9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

11.4 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

155 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/17/22 mpg

highway range

464.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Audi R8 Spyder in Dynamite Red color  2017 Audi R8 Spyder in Florett Silver Metallic color  2017 Audi R8 Spyder in Ibis White color  2017 Audi R8 Spyder in Daytona Gray Pearl Effect color  2017 Audi R8 Spyder in Mythos Black Metallic color
Dynamite Red

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Ratings

Features

7.8

Fuel Economy

6.5

Interior

7.6

Driving

9.6

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Audi R8 Spyder V10 quattro Spyder

V10 quattro Spyder

power
540 hp @ 7800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
17 combined

$175,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
V10 quattro Spyder 2dr Convertible AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM) Starting at $175,100 MSRP (14/17/22) 540 hp @ 7800 rpm, 5.2 L, V10, premium unleaded (required)
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7-speed automatic all wheel drive 2 NA

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