The Audi R8 Spyder is the convertible version of mid-engined, V8 Supercar Audi R8. Like its fixed-roof sibling, the Audi R8 Spyder is based on the same platform as the now defunct Lamboghini Gallardo and has an excellent balance between performance and exotic everyday drivability. For those looking for even more power, Audi offers coupe and convertible versions of the R8 V10 based on a Lamborghini. For the last model year, gains Audi R8 Spyder available painted red brake calipers, a new package of quilted leather in silver, and a new headliner diamond-stitched Alcantara.
Although it is starting to rise in years, the Audi R8 remains one of the most desirable supercars on the market due to a mixture of dynamic driving excitement, surprising practicality and, of course, double take-inducing good looks. From the mid-engine proportions aggressive to open side air intakes, everything related to the appearance of the R8 Spyder screams “exotic.” Headlights, revised taillights, bumpers and other minor stylistic changes help connoisseurs say the latest model, apart from its predecessor. Like many other things in the R8 Spyder, arresting plate is made of aluminum in order to keep performance-sapping mass to a minimum.
Audi R8 Spyder Interior
The cabinet matches the visual drama of the exterior thanks to features like adjusting sweep and flat-bottomed steering wheel, and the high quality materials are used throughout. Shoppers looking for an even more luxurious experience can choose from a long list of optional equipment, including Nappa leather upholstery flexible head poster Alcantara and carbon fiber trim. While there is plenty of room for driver and passenger, the Audi R8 Spyder is not blessed with an excess of space in the trunk. The front trunk measures just 3.5 cubic feet and is oddly shaped.
Navigation features and entertainment is accessed via Audi MMI system, which is one of the settings more intuitive information and entertainment market. However, unlike other models of Audi R8 Spyder MMI controls are not in a central position for easy access – instead, they are somewhat awkwardly mounted on the board. Fortunately, a set of standard voice command eliminates this problem. The fabric hood weighs just 93 pounds, helping to keep car’s center of gravity low and can be raised or lowered in just 19 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph.
Audi R8 Spyder Features
Standard features on the Audi R8 Spyder includes combination leather / alcantara, a navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic, a seven-speaker, AM / FM / CD stereo with 140 watts SiriusXM satellite radio, heated seats, the Bluetooth connectivity, the automatic climate control and full LED exterior lighting. The package brings fine nappa leather upholstery premium seats and door inserts. An extended version of the package, called Fine Nappa full-leather package, treatment panel door inserts extends the dashboard and instrument. The diamond stitch Full Leather Package adds a sewing pattern exquisite diamonds seats and door inserts.
A Leather Package adds leather elements of color inserts seats, headrests, door pull and door. Storage Package adds two networks at the back of the seats, a network of luggage in the rear tray and a folding compartment under the passenger seat. Stand-alone options include 12-speaker, 465-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system and rear view camera that comes with sensors front and rear ultrasonic parking.
Audi R8 Spyder Engine
The heart of the Audi R8 Spyder is a high-revving 4.2-liter that delivers 430 horsepower at 7,900 rpm. Maximum torque is 316 pound-feet of 4500-6000 rpm, with no less than 90 percent of production lasted from 3500 all the way to 7,600 rpm. A manual six-speed closed it clacks its way through the gears like a glorious vintage Italian sports car is available, but the times of maximum performance is achieved with standard dual-clutch gearbox with seven gears. With the dual clutch mounted, the R8 Spyder is capable of reaching 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.24 seconds. Top speed is quoted at 186 mph.
Take full advantage of the power of the Audi R8 Spyder is a drive system quattro four wheel variably distributes out to the front and rear axles via a viscous clutch. It is a great help for acceleration and also makes the R8 more surefooted than many of his peers when the weather turns ugly.
Fuel economy rarely a point of interest for the supercar buyers – suffers because powerful V8 and all-wheel drive. The stick model shifted back 11/20 city / highway mpg, while dual-clutch equipped variant is good for 14/23 mpg. Together with aluminum Double wishbone front and rear suspension system features a ‘Audi magnetic ride’ adaptive damper that can be configured to provide sporty driving dynamics and a smoother ride. The latter is comfortable enough for the R8 possibly could be used as a daily driver. Directing hydraulic rack and pinion Direct offers a full feedback, counterpoint character to numb power systems help offered in many modern performance machines.
Audi R8 Spyder Safety
Located in the bulkhead of the Acura R8 Spyder is a rollover protection system with two strong sections with spring shoot within 0.2 seconds when needed. Other safety features include front airbags, head / thorax side airbags mounted in the two seatbacks and traction and stability control systems.
Audi R8 Spyder Competitors
Those lucky enough to be given the Audi R8 Spyder might also want to investigate the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet, Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster and the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible.