Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Newspress | posted March 24, 2016 18:04
Open-top motoring arrives in new-generation Audi R8
After gracing last year’s Geneva Motor Show with the all-new R8, Audi arrives at the 2016 New York International Auto Show with the new R8 Spyder. It is the latest variant for the second-generation sports car and is set to deliver precise handling, breathtaking V10 power along with a driver-focused cabin.
"For Audi of America, the R8 started a revolution. It didn’t just win at the racetrack and become the car of super heroes, it truly added Audi to the luxury conversation in the U.S.," said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America.
As the name implies, 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 version, it sits on the same Audi Space Frame that is comprised of both aluminum and carbon fiber. 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.
The cabin of the R8 Spyder also benefits from the driver-oriented theme as it 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.
Under the hood is the updated 5.2-liter naturally-aspirated V10 that is mated to a 7-speed S-tronic dual clutch gearbox. The 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. 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.