Audi unveils R8 Spyder, powered by 5.2 liter FSI engine
Just as the VAG group’s Lamborghini announced a convertible version of the Reventon supercar, the Reventon Roadster, Audi, the parent company of the Italian automaker, also decided to shed the official light on the R8 Spyder, the convertible edition of its own supercar, the R8.
Powered by the 5.2 liter V10 FSI engine, capable of delivering 525 HP with a torque of 530 Nm, available at 6,500 rpm, the new convertible will also feature both a manual and an automatic gearbox, which will be coupled to Audi’s patented Quattro all-wheel drive technology. The Ingolstadt manufacturer also highlighted that the automatic transmission will get a better fuel economy, 13.9 liters/100 km (16.9 US mpg), as opposed to the manual transmission, which achieves 14.9 (15.8 US mpg). In terms of performance, the new convertible R8 is only a tad bit slower, reaching 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in just 4.1 seconds, .2 seconds slower than the coupe R8. Its top speed though is an impressive 313 km/h (195 mph).
The lightweight (30 kg/66 lb) cloth folding roof will be down in just 19 seconds at the press of a button, even at speeds up to 50 km/h or 31 mph. The reinforcements are particular in the area of the main window, which is now coated with anodized aluminum, via Audi’s Space Frame technology. but also around the A and B pillars, sills, center tunner, rear wall and floor. But even though a lot of modifications have been made, the manual transmission-equipped R8 Spyder will weight only 25 kg (55 lbs) more than the average R8.
Other enhancements have been made around the engine cover, which received a redesign, as it now houses two arched cowls which go down to the spoiler lip and have multiple air vents. Speaking of vents, the side ones will not be coated with the same color as the rest of the body, eliminating the two-tone look of the old R8.
Inside however, the R8 Spyder will hold a very interesting pieces of technology, as the leather on the seats is covered with a special pigment that is able to reflect the infrared component of the sunlight, enabling your seats to stay up to 20 degrees Celsius cooler than the air surrounding them at any given time.
The new Audi R8 Spyder will be launched in Germany in the first quarter of 2010, with an asking price of €156,400. With any luck, it will also arrive onto other territories, like the United States, in the summer or fall of next year for around $230,000.
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