Audi R8 Spyder shown at the Geneva Motor Show

Audi R8 Spyder

Published by Autobahn Buzz (Audi R8 Spyder)

The Audi model lineup as seen at the Geneva Motor Show, featured the Audi R8 Spyder.

The Audi R8 is the cool spearhead of the Audi design lineup. The high-performance sports cars is now much more vibrant and highly effective than ever before thanks to numerous improvements in 2012, featuring a recently developed seven-speed S tronic transmission.

The R8 line includes three different engine variations: the Audi R8 V8, the R8 V10 and the R8 V10 plus.

Body & Interior

Audi showcases the complete extent of its capacities in the use of ultra-lightweight construction materials with the Audi R8. The biggest factor right here is the chassis. An aluminum Audi Space Frame (ASF) weighs just 210 kgs (462.97 pounds). The variation of the R8 V8 Coupe with the six-speed manual weighs just 1,560 kgs (3,439.21 lb). The R8 V10 turns up at 1,570 kilograms (3,461.26 lb). Audi decreased the weight of the brand-new Spyder model by 50 kilograms (110.23 lb) compared with the R8 V10 Coupe on which it is based.

The exterior design has been refined even further. The most distinguishing component is the newly structured LED headlights that are now typical on all models, the hexagonal single-frame grille and the large, round tailpipe trimmings. The back lights of all designs consist of the ingenious powerful turn signals. Generated by LEDs, the light runs from the within out in the direction in which the motorist wishes to turn.

Audi R8 Spyder

The body of the Audi R8 V10 plus includes various add-on components constructed from carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP), consisting of the sideblades, side mirrors, increased front air dam and the distinctive rear diffuser/spoiler. Carbon fiber is likewise utilized in the cockpit. The motorist and traveler rest in very supportive and comfortable seats with folding backrests.


The brand-new seven-speed S tronic achieves even greater shifting efficiency. Models geared up with this transmission sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 miles per hour) 0.3 secs faster compared to if equipped with the R tronic. Fuel consumption lessens by as much as 0.9 liters each 100 km.

The eight-cylinder engine creates 316 kW (430 hp) and 430 Nm (236.02 lb-ft) of torque. In concert with the seven-speed S tronic, it speeds up the R8 Coupe from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 miles per hour) in 4.3 seconds on its way to a full blast of 300 km/h (186.41 mph).

The Audi R8 V10 Coupe with the S tronic fills out the conventional sprint in 3.6 seconds and has a top rate of 314 km/h (195.11 miles per hour). Its ten-cylinder engine generates 386 (525 hp) and delivers 530 Nm (390.91 lb-ft) of torque to the crankshaft.

On top of the range is the brand-new R8 V10 plus with 404 kW (550 hp) and 540 Nm (398.28 lb-ft) of torque. Geared up with the S tronic, it catapults from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 miles per hour) in 3.5 seconds and reaches a full throttle of 317 km/h (196.97 mph).

Engine lineup:

4.2 FSI quattro with 316 kW (430 hp).
5.2 FSI quattro with 386 (525 hp).
5.2 FSI quattro with 404 (550 hp).

Besides the six-speed manual, the new seven-speed S tronic is likewise offered with the V8 engine. It is basic in all V10 models. The fast-shifting dual-clutch transmission includes a compact, three-shaft design and features a launch command function that provides optimum grip when beginning. Power is delivered to the roadway by means of the quattro final all-wheel drive system with a hefty rear-axle bias. The heart of the system is a viscous coupling mounted on the front axle. A mechanical restricted slip differential at the rear axle improves the grip.


All versions of the Audi R8 have a front to rear weight bias of 43:57– optimal for a mid-engine sports car. A dry sump engine oil system allows the engine to be installed low, offering the vehicle an extremely reduced center of mass. Aluminum dual wishbones guide all four tires. The Audi magnetic ride flexible damping system– typical in the R8 V10 Coupe– provides an exceptionally firm yet compliant sporting sort of ride. The chassis of the Audi R8 V10 epitomizes exceptional German precision engineering.

Depending upon which engine is selected, the alloy tires are either 18 or 19 inches in diameter. The latter are also readily available in a five twin-spoke style. The brake system is impressively highly effective. All four discs are inside vented and perforated, and their surge style lowers the weight. Audi additionally supplies optional carbon fiber-ceramic discs that are also lighter, yet very sturdy and durable. These are standard equipment with the R8 V10 plus.

The Audi R8 Spyder

The upgraded R8 Spyder gets the exact same upgrades as the Coupe. The body of this open-top sports auto weights 216 kgs (476.20 pound). The top area cover and the side factors are made from CFRP. Leading the lightweight revolution, most of the top’s structure is comprised of lightweight aluminum and magnesium. It opens up and shuts electrohydraulically in 19 seconds, also when driving at speeds of approximately 50 km/h (31.07 mph). When shut, it tapers down to two long, slender fins.

The soft top, the structure of which is covered by a headliner, is quiet and totally appropriate for high-speed driving. The heated glass window is located in the bulkhead in between the guest area and the engine compartment. It is raised and lowered by means of a switch, handling the feature of the wind deflector.

The performance and consumption numbers of the R8 Spyder vary just minimally from the Coupe version. The brand-new seven-speed S tronic is optional with the V8 and basic with the V10.

Engine lineup:

4.2 FSI quattro with 316 (430 hp).
5.2 FSI quattro with 386 kW (525 hp).

The equipment, information and rates specified here refer to the model variety supplied in Germany. Conditioned without notification; mistakes and non-inclusions are excepted.

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