The new Audi R8 has been revealed in convertible form. Named the Audi R8 V10 Spyder, the 197mph supercar will have a canvas folding roof – perfect for those who like lots of very fast-moving wind in their hair.
Deliveries of the R8 V10 Spyder will begin in late 2016 but, if you can’t wait that long, check out the deals carwow offers on the Audi R8 coupe.
Audi R8 Spyder V10 styling
The R8 Spyder looks indistinguishable from the R8 coupe, but in place of the fixed metal roof is a folding soft-top. This canvas roof has been shaped to make two ‘fins’ which, when the the roof is up, sit either side of the engine cover.
The hood takes 20 seconds to open or close, and can be operated at speeds of up to 31mph. With the roof lowered, the rear window can be moved up and down to reduce turbulence in the cabin or increase engine noise.
Other changes include a windscreen surround that’s finished in a brushed metal look, while the upper side scoops have been ditched. LED headlights come as standard, but buyers can also opt for fancy laser lights.
Audi R8 Spyder V10 interior
The R8 Spyder now has speakers incorporated into the headrests. Positioned closer to the ears of the driver and passenger, they make it easier to hear the stereo with the roof down.
The car also features the Audi Virtual Cockpit seen elsewhere in the brand’s lineup – a 12.3-inch display behind the steering wheel, in place of traditional dials. As well as displaying speed and revs, it can show other information such as 3D sat-nav graphics.
Audi R8 Spyder V10 engine
Just like the coupe version of the R8, the 5.2-litre V10 makes 533hp. That’s enough to accelerate the car from rest to 62mph in just 3.6 seconds, on to a top speed of 197mph. There’s been no confirmation whether the more powerful 602hp version of this engine will be offered.
The Audi R8 Spyder V10 has a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which can be controlled by paddles behind the steering wheel. It also gets four-wheel drive to improves traction, especially on wet or icy roads.
When coasting, the engine can ‘decouple’ itself from the gearbox which reduces fuel consumption by 10 per cent compared to the old Audi R8. The engine can also deactivate five of its 10 cylinders when cruising. Together, these features help the R8 Spyder achieve 24mpg – impressive for a supercar.
Audi R8 Spyder V10 driving
Audi claims the chassis is 50 per cent stiffer than the old R8 Spyder, resulting in better handling than before. However, this chassis strengthening required to remove the roof adds 158kg weight compared to the coupe, slightly reducing its agility – though it’d probably take a professional racing driver to notice the difference.
Nevertheless, the driving experience is more intense that the coupe’s because, with the roof down, you can hear the visceral scream of the V10 engine in all its glory.
Audi R8 Spyder V10 price
The official price for the R8 Spyder is yet to be announced but, based on the price of the 2016 Audi R8 V10 coupe, we expect the Spyder to cost from £130,000.
Audi R8 Spyder V10 release date
The R8 Spyder V10 will be available to order from late spring 2016, with deliveries taking place later in the year. If you can’t wait until then to get your Audi R8, have a look at the deals carwow offers right now the Audi R8 V10 coupe.