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Video – Audi R8 Spyder spied in action at the Nurburgring

The all-new Audi R8 Spyder has been caught on camera once more preforming testing rounds in Germany around the Nurburgring. The body’s design seems to stay very close to the coupe but the metal fixed roof is gone as it has been replaced with an electrically retractable soft top which has commanded some changes to the rear end as the trunk has a different shape in order to store the roof when it’s retracted.

By making the switch to a fabric roof, the R8 Spyder will gain a little bit of weight compared to the coupe and this will obviously have a negative influence on the performances, but the differences between the two will be minor. Speaking of weight, expect the new model to be around 50 kg lighter than the old one thanks to a more advanced lightweight construction while power will come from the same V10 5.2-liter naturally aspirated engine.

The prototype spotted here was the base V10 version, but rest assure the V10 Plus will be available from day one with the more powerful iteration of the 5.2-liter. Sometime in the future, a turbocharged six-cylinder engine will join the range and act as the entry-level version.

The second generation Audi R8 Spyder will be shown in the metal next March at the Geneva Motor Show.

Adrian Padeanu

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