Power up. Roof down. The R8 V10 Spyder: the supercar that combines the breathtaking performance of the R8 with the open-top thrill of a cabriolet. The R8 Spyder doesn’t just accelerate from 0–62mph in 3.6 seconds; it’s one that also gives an intense audible performance. Especially when the roof’s down. Fully automated, the lightweight hood opens in 20 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph. And, once it’s stowed and you open the throttle, you’ll notice lower levels of wind and road noise than on previous Spyder models; thanks, in part, to a rear deflector that can be raised and lowered to suit you.
Let yourself be inspired with Audi exclusive fine inlays in carbon twill, matt anthracite titanium finish or piano finish look.Not to mention the extended inlays in carbon twill for the surround of the Audi virtual cockpit and the air vents, which can be selected via Audi exclusive to match the exterior paint finish. High quality and precise workmanship consistently and harmoniously integrated in the interior.
Instant response, lightning-fast high-revving and a unique sound – the heart of the Audi R8 is its V10 naturally aspirated engine. It is available to customers in two output ratings. The almost identical drive technology of the V10 engine in the R8 LMS GT3 and R8 LMS GT4 is put to good use on the racetrack. The V10, which is produced at the engine plant in Győr, Hungary, is very compact. A separate radiator controls the temperature of the engine oil, which comes from a dry sump. This principle was adopted from motor racing and allows for an extremely low installation position of the engine, producing a low centre of gravity. The pump module operates with multiple suction stages and assures proper lubrication under all conditions – including during lateral acceleration of around 1.5 G, which is possible in the R8. Both engines have a gasoline particulate filter.
The honed character of the new R8 models also becomes clear visually. The Singleframe radiator grille has a wider, flatter line. Thick bars divide up the large air inlets. Flat slits in the hood are reminiscent of the Audi Sport quattro brand icon. The new front splitter is now wider, as is the striking low-set air vent grille at the rear. The grille rounds off the diffuser that extends quite some way up. All of which underlines the sporty look of the Audi R8. In the engine compartment the air filter is situated under a new, three-part cover – available in a choice of plastic or carbon fibre.
R8 customers can choose from up to three exterior packages, depending on the engine variant; these packages add various highlights to the front splitter, the side trims and the diffuser. As an option, the Audi rings and badges on the exterior are painted in high-gloss black. The new metallic colours Kemora Grey and Ascari Blue add to the paint range. The Audi exclusive range gives customers the opportunity to customise many details of their Audi R8 – inside and out.
The new Audi R8 is equipped with factory-installed 19-inch wheels. Ultralight 20-inch fully milled wheels in five-V dynamic design with new summer and sport tyres, which convey even more precise handling, are available as an option. Audi offers ceramic brake discs as an alternative to the standard steel discs. The stabiliser at the front is optionally made from carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) and aluminium, which cuts weight by around two kilograms (4.4 lb).
Depending on the selected engine, the three additional programs dry, wet and snow are added to the well-known Audi drive select modes with the performance mode. They adapt the key dynamic parameters to the friction coefficient of the road. Thanks to the enhanced Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC), the top-of-the-line model brakes from 100 km/h (62.1 mph) to a standstill up to 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) earlier; the stopping distance from 200 km/h (124.3 mph) is up to five metres (16.4 ft) shorter – in each case depending on the exterior conditions.