The second generation of the Audi R8 Spyder has been rendered ahead of what will likely be a market launch in 2017. As you would imagine, the speculative digital interpretations are based on the recently unveiled second-gen R8 Coupe and show a design which could very well be close to the real deal. The coupe hasn’t even gone on sale yet so we will have to wait a while until the open-top supercar from Ingolstadt will hit dealerships.
It will obviously be offered with the same V10 5.2-liter naturally aspirated engine which has been upgraded for the new R8 to develop more power and consume less fuel while CO2 emissions have also been reduced. The V8 4.2-liter has been dropped but Audi has already hinted that a potential future entry-level R8 could gain a smaller V6 engine developing a minimum of 400 bhp (298 kW).
Other engine options are also possible as Audi is analyzing the prospects of introducing a TDI turbodiesel engine, something which almost happened in the first gen which was supposed to get a V12 TDI engine. A plug-in hybrid derivative is also being considered but Audi isn’t sure whether there will be such a market, especially taking into account the new R8 is going to be available from day one in a fully electric e-tron specification.
The second generation Audi R8 Spyder will likely be previewed by a near production concept next year before going on sale a year later.