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