Audi’s 2017 R8 V10 Spyder Begins at $175,100

In the event you’re wanting for a visceral driving expertise, one which mainlines the wonderful roar of inner combustion instantly into your bloodstream, you are most likely not headed for an Audi dealership. One thing Italian is extra your model, the stereotype says.

Audi is pushing again towards that notion with the 2017 R8 V10 Spyder, the newest drop-top riff on its vaunted supercar. The convertible bit is essential right here, as a result of as soon as you have opened it up (the electrohydraulic system will do it in 20 seconds, at speeds as much as 31 mph), you may extra totally recognize the raucous 5.2-liter V10 engine.


That naturally aspirated—no turbochargers, for individuals who do not converse gearhead—mill cranks out 540 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. Admirable figures, these. You will most likely by no means drive it arduous sufficient to really feel all that push and pull, however you will actually hear it. (You will additionally hear your accountant gasp on the $175,100 base worth.)

Different advantages embody a refreshed design that pushes the cockpit ahead in a barely wider, shorter automotive that earlier than. The light-weight basic is generally aluminum and lots stiff, even with the highest lopped off. The seats regulate in 18 instructions to maintain you completely comfy, and the Bang and Olufsen sound system contains audio system within the headrest, in case you one way or the other get uninterested in listening to the engine.

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