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Refreshing or Revolting: 2017 Audi R8 V10

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/28/2015 Megan Stewart

We saw the first generation of the Audi R8 when it launched back in 2008, and we're gearing up to see the official debut of the second-gen R8 at the 2015 Geneva motor show. While there aren't too many differences in terms of styling compared to the outgoing model, Audi has upped the elegance of the design, with more refined lines and new exterior touches. But are these subtle changes enough to keep us interested in the new 2017 Audi R8 V10?


Before its official debut next week, Audi has pulled back the curtain on the next-gen Audi R8. Sleek lines complement the slightly tweaked styling, along with a new grille design. In place of the horizontal slats on the front air vents, Audi has added vertical ones, which flank a revised hexagonal-shaped grille. The front end also receives optional laser high beams, while the headlights get a more refined, angular design to complete the look.

From the side, the overall body design is more angular, with the roofline offering a more dramatic slope as it meets with the rear end. No longer does it slowly round itself out, giving the rear a rather bulky shape. These more poignant lines are sharp and dramatic, giving a cleaner feel and a more aesthetically appealing overall design. Even without a rear spoiler, the new angles help to propel the new design forward. The controversial "side blade" employed on the outgoing model is gone, though a large side vent and part of the B-pillar trim is painted in a contrasting color as a tribute to that styling element.

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2017 Audi R8 V10 Front View© Provided by MotorTrend 2017 Audi R8 V10 Front View

The back end has also received its fair share of changes, including a new hexagonal vent design that is carried over from the front grille, complete with the new vertical slats. The taillights have also been updated, and tie in the new headlight design with sharp lines that don't look as boxy as the outgoing model. The tailpipes have also been modified, and are now rectangular and appear larger, no doubt speaking to the enhanced performance of the new R8.

Slipping inside the cockpit, Audi has redesigned its instrument cluster to better accommodate the driver. A 12.3-inch display comes standard, along with a multifunction steering wheel that now has stop-start and drive select buttons. Those looking for an even more cluttered helm can opt for the Performance steering wheel. Audi has redesigned the headrests for better support and comfort, while giving customers the option for R8 bucket seats for a sportier experience. Customers can choose from fine Nappa or Alcantara/pearl Nappa leather for the cabin. Accents include a clear-coated carbon fiber trim and diamond stitching on the headliner.

What do you think of the new 2017 Audi R8? Has it changed enough from the previous generation? Let us know in the comments below.

Last week, we asked what you thought of the 2016 Lincoln MKX, and here's what some had to say:

"I think it's definitely refreshing, and I actually really like the interior as well," said NE Guy.

"Refreshing. A little surface detailing goes a long way. The interior isn't as good, but still far from bad. Lincoln is starting to stabilize," said El Kabong Mk.II.

"Very refreshing on the outside, except that it's now virtually indistinguishable from the MKC!" said Torino Red.

"Hugely improved. It finally looks like a Lincoln instead of a Ford with the Lincoln Appearance Package," said desertmodern.

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