Car News 3 Aug 2016

Order books open for Audi’s new, faster R8 Spyder

The new R8 Spyder is on sale now in the UK. The mid-engined drop-top has improved performance, styling and technology.

The long-awaited V10 Spyder has finally arrived after being revealed at the New York Motor Show and teased at The Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The new model features a tweaked version of the Coupe’s chassis structure, using a mixture of carbonfibre and aluminium for the spaceframe.  The drop-top receives 50% more rigidity than its predecessor with strengthened A-pillars and windscreen frame.  The Spyder is lighter, shorter and wider than its predecessor, helping shave 113kg off the weight.

The car’s fabric folding roof is fully automatic and has two tapering buttresses extending back to the engine cover, like the Coupe. The roof retracts and opens in 20 seconds at up to 31mph and the rear window retracts automatically with the roof. The exterior styling of the Spyder is similar to that of the Coupe, featuring V10 badging, a large carbon air scoop, distinctive grille, sleek headlights and gills. The updated Spyder also features a range of driving modes, LED headlights, active dampers, a sportier exhaust and an Optional Sport Plus Pack.

The cabin receives Audi’s advanced Virtual Cockpit display as standard, which includes a 12.3 inch digital screen as well as top of the range connectivity options. There is smartphone integration for Apple and Android phones and a state of the art Bang & Olufsen sound system.

The R8 Spyder is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 petrol engine, producing 532bhp and 398lb ft of torque linked to a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch gearbox which drives power to all-four wheels.  Performance for the Spyder is almost exactly the same as the coupe, sprinting from 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds and reaching 198mph flat out.

The new R8 V10 Spyder is on sale now with first deliveries expected later this year. The starting price is £129,990, however customization and optional extras are available for an added premium.

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