WORLD PREMIERE: Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus

Up until now, if you wanted your Audi R8 to pack over 600 horses, you’d have to get a fixed roof, as well. While Audi has been selling a topless Audi R8, you could only get it in the regular 540 hp variant. What a hardship that must have been for customers. Thankfully, Audi has given its customers another option — the Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus.

“The Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus completes the R8 model line,” said Stephan Winkelmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “The Spyder is now also available as a 610 hp top version in addition to the Coupé. It benefits from our many years of experience in motorsport and combines breathtaking dynamics with the emotion of an open-top sports car.”

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Now, just like its coupe counterpart, the Audi R8 Spyder can come with the 610 hp flavored 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 engine. It also gets a torque upgrade, now making 413 lb-ft of torque. With its seven-speed dual-clutch S-Tronic gearbox, the Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus can do 0-60 mph in just 3.3 seconds. While that’s a bit slower than the fixed-roof version, the Spyder brings significantly more of aural drama, as it revs to an astonishing 8,700 rpm with no roof to muffle the sound.

For V10 Plus-guise, the Audi R8 Spyder also gets new, stiffer suspension. So it isn’t as much of a grand tourer as the standard Spyder. While we wouldn’t go as far as to call any Audi R8 a grand tourer, the standard Spyder’s magnetic suspension and calmer moves make it a good car to drive long distances. While that can still be done in the V10 Plus variant, it might get a bit more uncomfortable more quickly.

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Aside from the new engine and suspension, there are some visual upgrades as well, both for the exterior and interior. It basically gets the same aggressive front fascia as the standard Audi R8 V10 Plus, as well as the wheels. On the inside, there’s some carbon fiber trim and some contrast stitching. Aside from that, it’s pretty standard R8-fair. If you can call it “standard”.

So if you liked the standard Audi R8 Spyder but though “it’s just not fast enough” because you’re insane, you now have the perfect Audi R8.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.