HERNDON, Virginia – The second-generation 2017 Audi R8 coupe arrives at U.S. Audi dealerships in the spring, starting at $164,150 for the base R8 V10, Audi of America announced on Wednesday.
The highly anticipated R8 is described as “the most powerful Audi production model ever” and goes gunning for the 2017 Acura NSX, 2016 McLaren 570S, 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S and the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo.
Pricing includes a $1,250 destination charge, but does not include the gas-guzzler tax.
An Audi spokesman told Edmunds the gas-guzzler tax has not been determined. The EPA has not rated the 2017 R8.
In comparison, the 2015 R8 is priced at $120,150, including a $1,250 destination charge and a $3,000 gas-guzzler tax.
Audi skipped the 2016 model-year designation on the R8.
The top-of-the-line 2017 R8 V10 Plus model starts at $191,150, including shipping.
The R8 features a mid-mounted 5.2-liter V10 engine that delivers 540 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. The uplevel R8 V10 Plus with the same engine churns out 610 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque.
Both models are equipped with a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive.
Standard on the V10 model are 19-inch five-spoke design cast-aluminum wheels in silver finish; standard on V10 Plus are 19-inch five-double-spoke design forged aluminum wheels in matte titanium finish.
The V10 model gets an adaptive rear spoiler, while the V10 Plus is equipped with a carbon-fiber fixed rear-wing spoiler.
The cabin features standard 18-way power seats. A Bang & Olufsen sound system with 13 speakers is standard on the V10 and optional on the V10 Plus.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers will find the 2017 R8 competitively priced against its rivals. It’s time to check in with your Audi dealer if you want to get in line for one.