March 28, 2016 By C! Magazine Staff

New York 2016: Audi R8 takes its lid off with new Spyder


The Audi R8 coupe made its global debut in the 2016 New York Auto Show. For New York, Audi has taken the lid off its range topping sports car with the new Spyder. The second generation top-down R8 promises to deliver precise handling, breathtaking V10 power along with a driver-focused cabin.

The body from the windshield pillar below remains the same from the coupe but the R8 Spyder now has a soft top courtesy of a lightweight cloth. It can be deployed in 20 seconds at up to speeds of 50 km/h. Moreover, the roof is electro-hydraulically controlled. Like the coupe, the Spyder sits on the Audi Space Frame that is comprised of both aluminum and carbon fiber. Due to the extra stiffening a cabriolet requires, the R8 Spyder has a curb weight of 1,612 kg, making it slightly heavier than the coupe which comes in at 1,555 kg for the standard model and 1,454 kg for the Plus model.

Inside, the R8 Spyder is largely unchanged from its fixed-roof version. This means it also benefits from the driver-oriented theme and also gets the same 12.3-inch digital instrument display. Also present is the MMI navigation plus and infotainment system that controls and manages the in-car features.

The same 5.2-liter naturally-aspirated V10 in the coupe also makes its way to the Spyder. It motor produces 540 PS along with 540 Nm of torque, which allows the R8 Spyder to leap from 0 – 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds. It puts the power down through a 7-speed S-tronic dual clutch gearbox and Quattro all-wheel drive. Top speed is rated at 318 km/h.

Other extras available for the all-new R8 Spyder include: custom interior finish, new front spoiler, diffuser and sideblades which are all made from carbon fiber and LED headlights.

“With its spontaneous throttle response, quick revving-up and inimitable sound, the 5.2 FSI naturally aspirated engine in the new Audi R8 Spyder delivers undiluted emotion. Compared to the R8 Coupe, the engine sound in the open high-performance sports car now delivers an even more intense experience,” said Dr.-Ing. Stefan Knirsch, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development.

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