With 540 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque, the newly launched Audi R8 Spyder offers the breathtaking performance, precise handling and driver focused-interior that ensure thrilling driving experience. The sports car is powered by naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine and seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission. With its precise throttle response and free-revving ability all the way up to 8,700 rpm, the R8 V10 Spyder accelerates from 0-60 mph in only 3.5 seconds, one tenth of a second faster than the previous generation R8 V10 Spyder.
The soft-top in the new Audi R8 Spyder features an electrohydraulic drive system to raise and lower the roof in only 20 seconds, at speeds of up to 31 mph. At only 97 pounds, the roof helps to keep the weight of the vehicle and center of gravity low. The car’s strong backbone is the newly developed ASF aluminum and carbon fiber construction, which makes it more than 50 percent stiffer than its predecessor and allows for a more dynamic, solid and visceral driving experience. In the same manner as a racecar, the new R8 Spyder uses a double-wishbone design for both the front and rear suspension systems. The suspension weight is kept low through the use of forged aluminum control arms, while local dynamic rigidity has been enhanced by connecting the control arms directly to the ASF.
The exterior of the new Audi R8 Spyder is sporty and dynamic. Dimensions have increased more than an inch in width but decreased in length, further emphasizing the flat, wide and muscular characteristics of the vehicle. It features a distinctive rear accentuated by trapezoidal exhaust outlets and added ventilation across the deck lid that helps to improve engine cooling.
The interior of the auto is defined by the monoposto, the large arc reminiscent of the shape of a racecar cockpit, with driver-oriented, easy-to-operate controls and functions. Behind the wheel is the Audi Virtual cockpit, which replaces the classic instrument panel and instead features a large, high-resolution 12.3-inch display, delivering vibrant color at 60 frames per second.