2016 Audi R8 Spyder spotted – first pictures

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Audi’s open-top R8 will go on sale early next year following its planned debut at the LA motor show in November


Audi’s second-generation R8 supercar will receive an open-top Spyder sibling early next year, as revealed by these first pictures of the fresh design in testing ahead of its planned debut at the LA show in November.

The biggest styling modifications to the Spyder occur at the rear, where these prototypes have been fitted using a flatter rear deck in order to accommodate the folding soft-top roof. The glass panel seen on the coupé has also been removed, while fresh air vents to help cool the R8’s V10 engine have been added.

Like the R8 Coupé, the Spyder can be set to be offered in two states of tune. Power will come coming from a 5.2-litre V10 engine, which in standard form produces 532bhp at 8000rpm as well as 398lb ft at 6500rpm. In V10 Plus form, power can be increased to 601bhp as well as 8150rpm as well as torque to 413lb ft – the same as the Lamborghini Huracán, with which the fresh R8 shares some of its components, including its chassis.

Expect the R8 Spyder to closely match its Coupé sibling in terms of performance. The coupé can be capable of reaching 62mph in 3.5sec as well as incorporates a top speed of 201mph. In top-spec V10 Plus form, the same sprint can be acheived in 3.2sec, using a top speed of 205mph. 

Power will be sent through Audi’s Quattro four-wheel drive system, via a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission.

By comparison, the near-£0,000 Ferrari 488 Spider gets 660bhp coming from its 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, can be able to reach 62mph in 3.0sec as well as incorporates a top speed of 203mph.

The fresh Spyder can be supposed to use the same lightweight aluminium as well as carbonfibre-reinforced plastic spaceframe structure in which underpins the coupé. At the Coupé’s launch in Geneva, Audi claimed the fresh structure had shaved 66kg off the automobile’s kerb weight, meaning the the V10 Plus design weighs in at 1454kg. The German a new will be looking to make similar savings for the Spyder.

Prices for the second-generation R8 Spyder are supposed to rise over those of the R8 Coupé, which costs £119,500 in standard form, or £137,500 for the V10 Plus.

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