Marcus De Guzman / Audi | June 15, 2017 11:11
Audi launches soft-top version of the R8 V10 Plus in all-new Spyder
The most powerful production car from Audi is now available as a convertible. Powered by a high-revving V10, the all-new R8 Spyder Plus is the brand's most powerful convertible and now comes with a lightweight soft-top for a fun top-down driving experience.
“The Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus completes the R8 model line. The Spyder is now also available as a 610 hp top version in addition to the Coupé. It benefits from our many years of experience in motorsport and combines breathtaking dynamics with the emotion of an open-top sports car,” said Stephan Winkelmann, managing director of Audi Sport GmbH.
Like the hardtop version, the Spyder V10 Plus comes with a lightweight body called the Audi Space Frame. It is made of up aluminum components and integrated carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) that allows it to have a low curb weight and better torsional rigidity. Further helping the sports car achieve a low curb weight are the following features: R8 bucket seats, carbon-ceramic braking system and the lightweight forged alloy wheels.
The folding soft-top is also made from lightweight materials. The substructure is made entirely from magnesium and aluminum while the fabric skin is made from cloth. This contributes to the car's low center of gravity and is housed in a flat storage compartment over the engine. It takes about 20 seconds for the roof to deploy and can be activated at speeds of up to 50 km/h.
Available exclusively for the new R8 Spyder V10 Plus is the unique hue called Micromata Green. With the green design package, the soft-top R8 comes with an Anthracite Gray Singleframe Grill and large exhaust pipes finished in black. The interior, on the other hand, is also finished in black Nappa leather and feature green contrast stitchging on seats, center armrests, doors and floor mats.
Driving the all-new R8 Spyder Plus is the same high-revving 5.2-liter V10 found in the coupe. It puts out a healthy 610 PS along with 560 Nm of torque at 6500 rpm. It can sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds and has a top speed of 328 km/h. Despite its sporting pedigree, the engine also benefits from efficiency technologies like cylinder-on-demand (COD) which deactives one cylinder bank on light loads, dual-injection in the intake manifolds and combustion chambers, and an engine start-stop system.
It benefits from Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system and is connected to a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch gearbox. The distribution of torque varies depending on the situation and in extreme cases, sends up to 100-percent of the power to one axle. A mechanical rear differential lock provides improved traction and handling dynamics.
Like all current Audis, the R8 Spyder V10 Plus also benefits from the new 12.3-inch fully digital instrument panel. Aside from displaying the gauges, the screen can also show points of interests, navigation, gear shift indicator and the multi-info display. Also available is the MMI navigation system that comes with MMI touch, voice-control, wi-fi hotspot and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
Audi is now accepting orders for the R8 Spyder V10 Plus and first deliveries will begin in Q3 of 2017.