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2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus is an Iron Man supersuit for rich mortals (pictures)

Audi's second-generation R8 is a sublimely accomplished mid-engined supercar, with class-leading cabin tech and gobsmacking performance.

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Chris Paukert
Following stints in TV news production and as a record company publicist, Chris spent most of his career in automotive publishing. Mentored by Automobile Magazine founder David E. Davis Jr., Paukert succeeded Davis as editor-in-chief of Winding Road, a pioneering e-mag, before serving as Autoblog's executive editor from 2008 to 2015. Chris is a Webby and Telly award-winning video producer and has served on the jury of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. He joined the CNET team in 2015, bringing a small cache of odd, underappreciated cars with him.
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Even now that Audi has split its distinctive sideblades into two pieces, there's no mistaking this for anything other than an R8.

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The R8's nose is familiar, yet all-new, with a more prominent six-sided honeycomb grille and gimlet-eyed headlamps.

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That fixed rear wing adds up to 220 pounds of downforce at speed.

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Despite being all-wheel drive, the R8 will rotate rear end around in the hands of a skilled -- or catastrophically ham-fisted driver.

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If you see this filling your rearview mirror and there's a double-yellow line, kindly pull off to the side of the road and allow it to pass.

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While we still don't get Audi AG's trick laser headlamps (thanks, Washington), we still get nifty dynamic swiping turn signals.

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Unlike many other small-volume supercars, you won't find any cheap switchgear or dated infotainment equipment in the new R8.

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Audi's Virtual Cockpit screen is reconfigurable in many different ways. Note the g-meter (right) and individual tire temp and pressure telltales (left), both useful at the track.

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Here's a view showing the speedometer, g-meter and navigation map with Google topographical information.

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You can have any gearbox you want as long as it's a seven-speed dual-clutch. The first generation's gated six-speed manual is a casualty of low customer order rates.

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Note how much more angular the nose of the R8's detailing is than on its predecessor.

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Yes, that's a real high-mounted fuel-filler cap.

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The R8 is surprisingly at home on the high banks of Daytona thanks to huge power, face-flattening downforce, and plenty of tires and brakes.

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