AUDI

AUDI R8 SPYDER 5.2 FSI V10 Quattro 2dr S Tronic

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph3.5s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2313 g/km

Audi's formidable R8 supercar also comes in Spyder guise - that's 'without a roof'. You still get all the good stuff, which means a 5.2-litre FSI V10 engine screaming away just behind your head. It's just that with this variant, you'll be able to hear it even more bit more clearly. This is far more of a driver's tool than the previous generation version too, thanks to a massive 50% improvement in body rigidity. Still want that Ferrari?

AUDI CONVERT?

The improved version of Audi's desirable second generation R8 sportscar is even more appealing in open-topped Spyder form. Jonathan Crouch checks it out

Ten Second Review

Audi's formidable R8 supercar also comes in Spyder guise - that's 'without a roof'. You still get all the good stuff, which means a 5.2-litre FSI V10 engine screaming away just behind your head. It's just that with this variant, you'll be able to hear it even more bit more clearly. This is far more of a driver's tool than the previous generation version too, thanks to a massive 50% improvement in body rigidity. Still want that Ferrari?

Background

An Audi supercar was the last thing anyone would have expected back in the 80s and 90s when customers had the choice of only three Audi models and weren't buying any of them in any great numbers. Today, the Ingolstadt maker's range is vast and the R8's existence is taken for granted. Sharing many components with the Lamborghini Huracan, this model is as good a symbol as any of how far Audi has progressed and of all the R8 derivatives, it could be the Spyder convertible that best showcases the brand's all-conquering ambition. In second generation form, this car is less of a style statement and more dynamically adept, thanks to Audi Space Frame technology that makes it a far tauter driving tool. And in this improved form, it still looks as eye-catching as ever.

Driving Experience

As with the coupe R8, Spyder buyers get a mighty mid-mounted 5.2-litre FSI V10 normally aspirated engine with dual injection system, dynamic throttle response and a distinctive hard-edged soundtrack which can be amplified further by an optional sport exhaust system with gloss black tailpipe trims. There's now only one 570PS version of this engine, but that's enough to take you to 62mph in 3.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 200mph. Older owners' toupees will need to be firmly tied down. Or at least they'll need to be if the fabric hood is open: it retracts in just 20 seconds and can be operated at speeds of up to 31mph. Stopping power is equally ferocious, thanks to the ceramic brakes that come with standard 'Performance' spec. There's a rear-driven version that track fiends can drift in, but unlike some of its rivals, the R8 also offers 4WD, a quattro set-up able to flash 100% of power to either axle instantly on demand and as a result, traction levels are astonishingly high. The car feels agile too, aided by a torque vectoring system, though a slight vagueness in the steering to some extent masks small recent improvements made to the suspension and the steering. Behind the V10, there's a seven-speed S tronic transmission and the dynamic handling owes much to the engine's low mounting position, which is achieved thanks to dry sump lubrication. The wheels are controlled by lightweight aluminium wishbones - a layout that reveals motorsport DNA. The electromechanical power steering provides feelsome road contact and can be supplemented with dynamic steering as an option.

Design and Build

As ever, the R8 embodies Audi's wealth of expertise in ultra-lightweight design. The aluminium body of this Spyder with the Audi Space Frame (ASF) weighs just 208kg, keeping total weight down to just 1,750kg. This design's elegant, lightweight fabric top, with its largely aluminium and magnesium linkage, perfectly complements this approach. What's more, torsional rigidity has increased by 50% compared with the previous model. The visual changes made to this improved model are extremely subtle. The Singleframe radiator grille has a wider, flatter line. Thick bars divide up the large air inlets, and flat slits in the hood are reminiscent of the Audi Ur-quattro brand icon. The smarter front splitter is now wider, underscoring the focused look. The underbody has a smooth trim, to improve the aerodynamics. And at the rear, a large diffuser increases the downforce - two solutions taken directly from motorsport. The R8 Spyder V10 is almost entirely hand-built at the "Audi B?ellinger H?efe" purpose-made production plant near Neckarsulm. At the wheel, the standard Audi virtual cockpit presents all information in richly detailed, high-resolution 3D graphics on a 12.3-inch monitor. The driver can choose between three screens - the classic view, the infotainment view and the performance view. Owners taking to the racetrack will particularly appreciate the latter, which supplies data on torque, power output, oil and tyre temperatures, lap times and g-forces. The displays around the speedometer and rev counter can be customised to individual preferences. The sport seats for driver and passenger come as standard. Alternatively Audi can supply bucket seats for even better lateral support.

Market and Model

You're going to need a budget of at least around £136,000 for your new R8 Spyder - that's in rear-driven form, with £11,000 more getting you higher-spec 'Edition' trim. You'll need around £156,000 if you want the 4WD quattro version - the 'Edition' version is £7,000 more. These kinds of figures lead you to expect plenty of equipment and an exquisite finish - and you get it. Over and above the extensive standard equipment, customers have almost unlimited scope to tailor both the interior and exterior to their individual preferences. Body components such as the front spoiler, the diffuser and the new sideblades are also available in carbon. The Bang & Olufsen Sound System is an R8 Spyder highlight, Audi having integrated two head restraint loudspeakers into each seat, for an excellent audio experience even when driving with the hood open. As standard, the R8 comes with an all-LED headlight pack, but laser spots can be optioned onto the car. Go for the V10 performance version and they're fitted as standard. The rear LED tail lamps are slick too, with a scrolling function in the intended turn direction. R8 customers can choose from three exterior packages depending on the engine variant; these packages add various highlights to the front splitter, the side trims and the diffuser. Standard specification for the R8 V10 quattro with 570PS is high-gloss black; the top-of-the-line version R8 V10 performance quattro with 620PS comes off the production line with a matt titanium look. The high-gloss carbon package is available for both engine variants. As an option, the Audi rings and badges on the exterior are painted in high-gloss black; the new metallic colours Kemora grey and Ascari blue are recent additions to the paint range.

Cost of Ownership

Efficiency technologies such as the freewheeling mode, in which the R8 coasts with the engine decoupled, have helped with fuel efficiency - but don't expect too much. Official figures suggest that up to 20.9mpg on the combined cycle and up to 307g/km of CO2 is possible from a V10 RWD model; the figures are 20.6mpg and 312g/km for the alternative 4WD quattro version. If you were to regularly replicate these kinds of readings, you probably shouldn't have bought this car in the first place. The returns you do get are aided by the 5.2-litre FSI engine's clever 'COD' 'Cylinder on Demand' technology. When one of the four upper gears is engaged, this shuts down the cylinders on either the left or the right bank of the engine. Which means that at low speeds when you're driving off-throttle, you'll probably be at the wheel of a V5 rather than a V10 R8. What else? Well, you'll be able to get your R8 serviced at any Audi dealership and there's a choice of fixed or flexible pre-paid plans, depending on whether you cover more or less than 10,000 miles a year. We're slightly disappointed by the three year 60,000 warranty though, particularly given that the mechanically-identical (and supposedly more temperamental) Lamborghini Huracan comes with a four year unlimited mileage package. The three year deal you get with equivalent McLaren and Porsche models is also unlimited mileage too. On to residuals. With only around 30 cars each day being hand-built at Audi's Neckarsulm factory, there's enough rarity value about this R8 to keep residuals buoyant.

Summary

It seems there are no limits to Audi's ambition and having grown its mainstream range exponentially over recent years, it's also established itself as a supercar manufacturer to be taken very seriously. The R8 Spyder sits at the top of the Audi pile, adding a slickly engineered fabric hood to the standard R8 package. It's a touch more visually elegant than the muscular coupe but those all-wheel-drive V10 mechanicals mean there will be no let-up in its performance. The MK2 model improvements haven't fundamentally affected this car's appeal, but they're welcome nonetheless, further smartening the already jaw-dropping looks. Do you really need more than this in a lottery-winning convertible supercar? You'd have to wonder..

  • Electric front windows
  • Green tinted glass
  • Laminated windscreen
  • Heated rear window
  • Heat insulating glass

  • Hill hold control
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Electronic Differential Lock + traction control
  • Wave brake discs

  • Sports suspension

  • Audi connect
  • Audi smartphone interface
  • Audi phone box with wireless charging
  • Bluetooth interface

  • Cruise control with speed above 18mph
  • Audi drive select
  • Audi parking system plus with front and rear sensors
  • Reversing camera
  • Power assisted steering

  • Start/Stop system with energy recuperation

  • Audi virtual cockpit
  • Service interval indicator
  • MMI navigation plus with MMI touch

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror and frameless with light and rain sensor
  • Electrically adjustable, heated, folding and automatically dimming door mirrors with integrated LED indicator
  • Body colour exterior mirror housings

  • Leather interior trim

  • 80 litre fuel tank
  • Audi cylinder on demand

  • Audi sound system
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Audi music interface

  • Aluminium look window surround
  • Delete rear spoiler
  • Gloss black radiator grille with R8 emblem
  • Dual branch chrome plated oval tailpipes
  • Front spoiler lip in matt anthracite black and large air inlets in gloss anthracite black
  • Matt black air outlet surround on hood compartment lid
  • Audi space frame

  • LED rear lights with dynamic rear indicators

  • Deluxe automatic climate control air conditioning

  • Tool kit
  • Quattro badging on dash
  • 3 spoke flat bottomed multifunction plus sport leather steering wheel with 2 operating satellites
  • Hood lining in black
  • Door sill trims in plastic with aluminium inlays and R8 logo
  • Stainless steel pedals and footrest
  • Quattro emblem in the dashboard on front passenger side
  • Extended inlays in titanium finish and glossy anthracite for air vent surround

  • Gloss black styling pack - R8
  • Interior light pack - R8

  • Seatbelt monitoring
  • Tyre pressure warning light
  • Front side airbags
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Driver/front passenger airbag

  • Driver seat memory function
  • Front head restraints
  • Seat heating

  • Advanced key with safelock
  • Anti theft alarm and immobiliser
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Remote central locking
  • Preparation for tracking system

  • Tyre repair kit

  • CO2 (g/km): 297
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 313
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 313
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 313

  • Engine Code: 4SRREE
  • Cylinders: 10
  • Cylinder Layout: V10
  • Number of Valves: 40
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: MID ENGINE NORTH SOUTH
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 84.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.8
  • CC: 5204

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 14.4
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 30.7
  • EC Combined (mpg): 21.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 20.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 20.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 20.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 13.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 13.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 13.8

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 50E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 570
  • Badge Engine CC: 5.2
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: N
  • Coin Description: FSI V10 Quattro
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 2
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 419
  • Engine Power - RPM: 8100
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 413
  • Engine Torque - NM: 560
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 6300
  • Engine Power - BHP: 570
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 3.5
  • Top Speed: 200
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 57.1

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 5 ARM TWIN SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 295/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 245/35 R19

  • Width (including mirrors): 2037
  • Height: 1242
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4429
  • Width: 1940
  • Wheelbase: 2650

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1750
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2050
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 80
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 112
  • No. of Seats: 2
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Max. Loading Weight: 300
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.2

  • Red Brake caliper: £500
  • Gloss Black brake calipers: Included

  • Inlay - Black piano finish: £1,295
  • Anthracite inlays in anodised paint finish: Included

  • Complete protective cover: £0
  • Audi exclusive/customised paint: £3,950
  • Red fabric roof: £0
  • Brown fabric roof: £0
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Pearlescent paint: £0
  • Solid paint: £0
  • Crystal effect paint: £1,535
  • Protective cover: Included
  • Black fabric roof: £0
  • Audi exclusive matt paint: £8,200
  • Metallic ice silver sideblades: £0
  • Side blades in metallic mythos Black: Included

  • Fine nappa leather upholstery with R8 sport seats: Included
  • Fine Nappa leather upholstery with R8 sport seats and trim with stitched diamond design: £495
  • Perforated fine nappa leather upholstery with R8 bucket seats: £3,000

  • Metallic - Floret silver: £0
  • Metallic - Mythos black: £0
  • Metallic - Tango red: £0
  • Metallic - Suzuka grey: £0

  • Pearl - Daytona grey: £0

  • Solid - Ibis white: £0
  • Solid - Vegas yellow: £0

  • Crystal - Ara blue: £1,535
  • Exclusive matt - Daytona grey: £8,200
  • Exclusive matt - Florett silver: £8,200
  • Exclusive matt - Suzuka grey: £8,200
  • Exclusive matt - Ibis white: £8,200
  • Audi Exclusive - Custom: £3,950
  • Exclusive matt - Kemora grey: £8,200
  • Exclusive matt - Vegas yellow: £8,200
  • Exclusive matt - Tango red: £8,200

  • Pneumatic seat backrest and side bolster adjustment: Included
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting for front passenger seat with airbag deactivation: Included
  • Electrically adjustable seats: £0

  • Fine Nappa leather - Black with anthracite black stitching + R8 sport seats: £0
  • Fine Nappa leather - Express red with express red stitching + R8 sport seats: £0
  • Fine Nappa leather - Express red with express red stitched diamond design + R8 sport seats: £495
  • Fine Nappa leather - Pastel silver with rock grey stitching + R8 sport seats: £0
  • Perforated fine nappa leather - Black with rock grey stitching + R8 bucket seats: £3,000
  • Perforated fine nappa leather - Pastell silver with rock grey stitching + R8 bucket seats: £3,000
  • Fine nappa leather - Black with anthracite black diamond stitching + R8 sport seats: £495
  • Fine nappa leather - Pastel silver with rock grey diamond stitching + R8 sport seats: £495

  • 19" 5 arm twin spoke forged aluminium alloy wheels in gloss Anthracite black and diamond cut finish: £150
  • 19" 5 arm twin spoke forged alloy wheels in matt titanium and diamond cut finish: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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