Specifically, it’s a 2017 Pre-Production German-spec Audi R8 V10.

And also – it was my 1st time around the big track at Mosport. I am ruined.

I participated in the pilot program of Audi’s all-new sportscar experience.

Before you get upset at my photos and lack-of-video-footage…

This wasn’t a media event.  It was 20 owners & enthusiasts, I was the only auto journalist. I hoovered lunch so I could do this photoshoot.

It was also the most efficient drive event I’ve ever attended.

They kept us moving quickly between the cars to maximize seat time, which was a lot.

Not gonna lie – I was nervous. Same thought kept repeating in my head, “do not crash the pre-production car, Keri.” That’ll land you on the cover of Jalopnik, omg please no.

See – VIN #98.

The first moment I accelerated up to 200 km/h (that’s what I’m saying.)

2017 Audi R8 V10 hits 200 by KeriBlog

Considering I trained my co-driver how to operate my camera gear while driving 150 km/h, not bad eh.

It’s the fastest production Audi ever.

Audi R8 v10 = 540 hp, 398.3 lb-ft, 0 – 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds, top speed of 320 km/h

Audi R8 V10 plus = 610 hp, 413.0 lb-ft, 0 – 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, top speed of 330 km/h

How’s it handle compared to the 2015 R8?

The 2017 has more grip, the additional about 50 hp makes a real difference, and the new interior is fantastic – see ya later dash screen.

But let’s be real here – I’m not experienced enough to give you a proper assessment of the two. The Audi instructors are though – they’re some of Canada’s most decorated racers.

They feel it’s better balanced than the 2015, with more power, better brakes, and a better vehicle overall, “a huge leap ahead.”

There’s 5 big difference between the 2015 and 2017.

See the post here.

Holy woah to turn 5.

Below – Top Left > Clockwise: 

  • centre stack
  • centre console
  • driver’s door

Choose between the quilted seats, or upgrade to RECAROs.

I can’t comment on a preference, I was floating the entire time.

For a detailed account of the day, read my story over at The Co, a new Canadian outlet where I maintain the auto section.

Having an engine this large behind me ohhh, I liked that.

Flipped it in post.

The 2017 R8 will arrive in dealerships about 6 months from now.

Audi is expanding their sportscar experience next year, details on their site, or email me. It’s great value – to experience the cars in an environment they were designed for, in a small group for maximum seat time, and instructors that encourage you to push the cars harder.

Hand ’em back reeking of tires and brakes like I did, every. single. time.

Blog tag = 2017 Audi R8

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This is an excerpt from the article Tracking a 2017 Audi R8 V10 which originally appeared on Keri Car Talk.