New Audi R8 Spyder V10 announced



Following the launch of the Audi R8 Coupe at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, the company has now revealed the convertible version of the car at the New York Motor Show. Powered by the same 533bhp 5.2-litre V10 as the coupe, the new R8 Spyder will go on sale later in the year.

As you’d expect, styling is pretty much the same as the coupe, apart from the big change in the shape of the folding fabric roof. The gaping front grille is all present and correct, as are the blacked-out carbon-fibre air intakes just behind the doors.

The sharp headlights and gills in the front brake ducts are all identical to the coupe, with the only big change for the cabriolet being the flat deck behind the seats, under which hides the engine and folding roof mechanism.

There’s no clear panel to display the engine to passers-by, although there are cooling vents extending the length of the engine cover to help with getting rid of hot air from around the engine.

Speaking of the engine, it’s the same 533bhp 5.2-litre V10 found in the standard R8 coupe and it’s capable of sending the Spyder from 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 197mph. Power is sent to all four wheels through a seven-speed ‘S tronic’ dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

Official fuel-consumption figures state that the R8 Spyder will return around 24mpg, while the car’s CO2 emissions of 277g/km put it in the top road tax bracket, meaning a £505 annual bill. If you can afford the £130,000+ price tag, however, you probably don’t worry too much about such things.

Apart from a significant increase in headroom (with the roof down, anyway) the Spyder’s interior is identical to the coupe’s. Leather-upholstered sports seats come as standard, as does Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit digital instrument screen. You also get the MMI Navigation Plus infotainment system as standard, which, unsurprisingly, comes with sat nav, as well as Bluetooth phone connectivity and access to the internet.

You’ll also be able to specify a wireless inductive phone charging bay, while the R8 Spyder is the first Audi to get the company’s smartphone interface, which allows certain features of your smartphone to be displayed on – and controlled from – the Virtual Cockpit screen. You also get a 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, which includes two speakers next to the headrests.

There’s also plenty of scope for personalising the R8 Spyder, with 11 different colours to choose from and the ability to add various bits and bobs to the exterior. You can also choose to personalise the black ‘sideblades’ if you wish.

There’s no word on when the car will arrive in the UK, or how much it’ll cost exactly, but expect to pay at least £10,000 more than the coupe, which is priced from £119,500.