Based on the standard Audi R8, the Spyder gets the same 5.2 liter V10 as its coupe sibling which makes 532 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. There isn’t an Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus model available just yet, but it’s likely in the pipeline. However, the standard Spyder model will get from 0-60 mph in a claimed 3.6 seconds and will have a top speed of only 198 mph. That’s one tenth of a second off the coupe’s 0-60 time and 1 mph less of a top speed. Thank the extra weight from the power-folding roof for that.
However, this Audi R8 Spyder is a whopping 249 lbs lighter than the previous generation. Thanks to Audi’s new lightweight, carbon fiber-reinforced space frame, the engineers in Ingolstadt were able to reduce weight while adding rigidity over the old car.
In terms of looks, there’s really nothing new here, as it looks almost exactly as different from the coupe as the previous-generation R8 Spyder did. The rear glass engine cover is now replaced with extra vents for better engine ventilation and the whole rear deck is longer. Aside from that, though, and this is Audi R8 as usual (if you can call an R8’s styling “usual”).
In terms of standard equipment, it’s pretty much the same as the Audi R8 Coupe. The brand’s now-famous Virtual Cockpit comes as standard, as does Audi Connect and Audi’s adaptive driving modes. As for options, you can get the Bang & Olufsen surround sound system, LED headlights and the Sport Plus pack. In the UK, pricing for the Audi R8 Spyder starts at £129,990 ($171,579) but we don’t know how much it will start at everywhere else.
Stay tuned for more updates.