The body of the open-top high-performance sports car weights just 216 kilograms (476.20 lb). The top compartment cover and the side elements are made of CFRP. The fabric top, whose mechanical components are made largely of aluminum and magnesium, is light and compact. It opens and closes electrohydraulically in 19 seconds, even when driving at speeds of up to 50 km/h (31.07 mph).
The soft top, whose frame is covered by a headliner, is quiet and fully suitable for high-speed driving. The heated glass window, which is separate from the top, is nestled in the bulkhead between the passenger compartment and the engine compartment. It is raised and lowered via a switch, taking on the function of the wind deflector.
The performance and consumption figures of the R8 Spyder differ only minimally from the Coupé version. The seven-speed S tronic is optional with the V8 and standard with the V10.
– 4.2 FSI quattro with 316 kW (430 hp)
– 5.2 FSI quattro with 386 kW (525 hp)