Audi has long considered the R8 as the car that broke the wall for them to the US market. And the outfit continues to put their faith on the high-performance sports car with the Audi R8 Spyder V10, a droptop version of last year’s R8 coupe.
Sporting looks that hint equally at luxury and performance, the vehicle brings the outfit’s signature honeycomb grill, with wedge-shaped headlights, accentuated wheel arches, and extended rear. They pair that design with the outfit’s new Space Frame Dry material (aluminum and carbon fiber), bringing down the weight to an impressive 3,554 pounds.
The Audi R8 Spyder V10 runs on a naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter engine with dynamic throttle response that puts out 540 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. Mated with a seven-speed V-Tronic dual-clutch transmission, it sends the car racing to a 0 to 60 time of up to 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 197 mph. A lightweight fabric serves as the roof when you’re not quite in the mood for unlimited headroom, which can open and close in 20 seconds while driving at speeds of up to 31 mph.
Inside, the driver gets multi-function and satellite pushbuttons right on the steering wheel, along with a 12.3-inch virtual cockpit, which not only displays information about the car, but can also accept selected content from your phone. A Bang & Olufsen speaker system includes two head restraint loudspeakers in each seat, ensuring you can hear your tunes playing even with the top and the all the windows down at high speeds.
No pricing or release dates have been announced yet for the Audi R8 Spyder.