Spyshots of Undisguised Audi R8 Spyder Show 10-Cylinder Convertible

July 22, 2016

Distracted driving isn’t cool but in this case, it worked out okay for everyone. The test driver of the Audi R8 Spyder was spending some time with his smartphone, which gave spy photographers the chance to take some great photos of the Audi R8 Spyder, which was testing in Europe at the time.

Audi got caught unawares, since the Audio R8 Spyder has yet to be publicly revealed. This car was totally devoid of camouflage. This gives us all a great look at the new 10-cylinder convertible.


Similarity with the Audi R8 Coupe

When the Audi R8 Spyder was last seen on the road, it had a raised fabric top and was covered in camouflage on most of the bodywork. Now that the tape is off and the top is down, we see a topless Spyder that looks quite similar to the Audi R8 coupe. The car showcases Audi’s new styling, with a gaping front grille, rectangular exhausts and a prominent rear diffuser. A strip of black mesh grille is located between the taillights in order to help that V10 engine vent steam.


One difference between the convertible and the coupe is that where the coupe has a sloped rear window, the Spyder has a smart cover with venting for the engine bay. Presumably the power-folding roof can be stored beneath the venting when it is lowered. The Audi R8 Spyder looks to be the only convertible in the world with laser headlights.

The photographers spied a black leather interior to go with the Vegas Yellow body paint, making it appear as if this car is ready for production. It has been reported that the car will be revealed in early April. The car could cost as much as a quarter of a million Euros, which would make it the most expensive Audi on the market.


Under the Hood

There will not be many dramatic mechanical differences from the coupe, which is a relative of the Lamborghini Huracan. The Audi R8 coupe only has one powertrain, so we should probably assume the Spyder will also have a single power source. The 5.2-liter V-10 will produce 540 horsepower, standards, and 610 horses if you choose the V10 Plus package. The four-wheel drive is powered by a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Entry Level Model Will Get Twin-Turbo V6

Meanwhile, Car and Driver is reporting that the entry level Audi R8 will be getting a twin-turbo V6 by 2018. The 3.0-liter engine will generate about 450 horsepower. This engine would be a variation of the 3540hp V-6 that was launched with the 2017 Audi S4. It will be mated with the same seven-speed dual-clutch automatic that is in the R8 V10, which has a naturally aspirated V-10 engine. There will be a rear bias to enhance agility of the four-wheel torque. The tops speed should be nearly 190 mph.

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  1. Looks tight

  2. I dunno it almost looks a bit boring

    • It doesn’t drive boring though!

  3. That test drive looks like a stooge.

  4. Give this to me in black!

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