Audi R8 and Tesla: Being Badass vs Going Green

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The new 2017 Audi R8 is coming in V-10 only, jam packed with badassery. The new Tesla Model S is still breaking ground in green vehicles. At the end of the day, is it better to go green than to be badass?

The New 2017 Audi R8 Is Not For the Faint of Heart

This new model won’t be affordable, but it’s packed with amazing features. The starting price for the coupe is $164,150, which is a significant increase from the 2015 model. The car sports an amazing 540 horsepower and 398 pounds per feet of torque. This is a huge upgrade from its predecessor, which featured 525 hp and 391 pounds per feet of torque.

The new 2017 Audi R8 is 143 pounds lighter than the 2015 model, and according to stats, it is also 40% more rigid. It goes from 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds, which is slower than the previous model. To make up for it, the car’s maximum speed is 199 mph and not 195.

The standard model of the race car offers the car maker’s own 12.3″ ‘Virtual Cockpit’. This display screen includes 4G LTE connectivity, supports Wi-Fi hotspots and also has Google Earth for use with navigation. It also features the signature Audi Connect Apps.

Bring Out the Badass In You With the V10 Version

The 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus version has carbon ceramic disc brakes, a carbon-fiber spoiler, special 19″ wheels with titanium finish and a sports exhaust system. It has shorter gear ratios to bring out the racer within all of us and has a fixed rate sports suspension. Naturally, it features racing-shell seats to complete the racer look.

Meanwhile, Tesla Causes Some Drama

Notorious for offering the greenest cars in the market, Tesla is suing a Swiss parts vendor for defects on the falcon wing doors on the Tesla Model X. The doors, which were supposed to vertically open, were found to have a malfunctioning hydraulic system. Tesla is claiming that they had to redesign the entire car in order to find a makeshift solution to the problem.

The lawsuit was filed this week at a federal court of San Francisco. The documents declare that after many warnings, Hoerbiger failed to fix the reported issues with the falcon wing doors. The parts they manufactured were botchy on the car and clearly were not ready for production. The doors leaked oil and had poor performance.

Instead of switching to another oil consuming system, Tesla stayed true to their schtick and went with electromechanical parts. The car maker has thus proved that it’s fully possible to be badass while going green.

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