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Audi hones its halo, debuts 2017 R8 V10 in Geneva (pictures)

We didn't think it possible, but Audi has managed to make the new generation R8 even sexier.

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2017 Audi R8 V10

GENEVA – Audi's supercar halo gets a complete redesign at the 2015 Geneva auto show.

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The new model's design is simpler and more geometric than before.

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The R8's signature "side blades" are now less prominent and integrated into the curves of the sheet metal.

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Though broken into two pieces, the general contour of the side blades remain. The R8 still looks like an R8 should.

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The redesign pulls in design cues from the Audi TT, which debuted in Geneva last year.

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Gone are the organically shaped headlamps and grill openings. The new R8 is all about sharp edges.

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The headlamps feature standard full LED illumination with optional laser spotlight highbeams.

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Only available in the European market, the laser spotlights augment the LED highbeams, doubling the length of their cast.

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The R8 features underbody aerodynamics that help create downforce and reduce lift at speed.

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Gasoline powered R8s are available in two trims: V10 and V10 plus.

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The V10 plus is a slightly more hardcore variant that outputs more power.

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Both models are powered by the same 5.2-liter V10 engine with slightly different tunes.

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The standard model is good for 540 horsepower while the plus steps up to 610.

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The plus model also features a variety of performance and styling upgrades that are optional or unavailable on the standard V10.

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All R8 models feature extensive use of lightweight materials.

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The coupe is built around an aluminum and carbon fiber reinforced plastic chassis that forms a light and stiff foundation.

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The new R8 is over 100 pounds lighter than its predecessor, which is good for all around performance.

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Direct injection, cylinder deactivation, and stop-start anti-idling tech help the new R8 reach up to an estimated 19.9 mpg.

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In addition to more power, the plus also features aerodynamic enhancements.

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Top speed for the V10 plus model is 205 mph.

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The rear end is also features a more angular design than the predecessor.

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A double wishbone suspension is standard for the R8, but an optional magnetic adaptive suspension can give the driver control over the ride quality.

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Inside, the R8's cabin underoges an even more radical evolution than the without.

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The start and drive mode buttons move to the steering wheel. We've seen a similar setup in Ferrari cars, but this design just screams "Audi!"

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Like the TT, the new R8 uses the automaker's virtual cockpit: a fully digital instrument cluster that totally eliminates the need for a center stack display.

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The driver can interact with the virtual cockpit with the MMI controller or with steering wheel controls.

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The only gearbox available on the new R8 is a 7-speed dual-clutch S Tronic.

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Of course, all R8 V10 models make use of the automaker's quattro all-wheel drive system.

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The quattro system is able to shift up to 100-percent of available power to either axle as grip and conditions dictate.

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The automaker also showcased a fully electric e-tron variant that will be available in limited quantities.

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The new R8 uses a variety of race car technologies, so it only makes sense to take it racing.

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The R8 V10 LMS is a fully race prepped and liveried race car designed to tackle the challenges of LeMans.

Check out the rest of CNET's coverage of the 2015 Geneva auto show.

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