2017 Audi R8 Spyder
The Coupe definitely looks drop dead gorgeous without its roof
The R8 is no doubt one of the most beloved sportscars since the day it made its debut back in the year 2007. If you ask why people love this sportscar then most of them will answer because of its styling and that smooth sweet revving engine positioned behind the driver. The Spyder variant of the first generation R8 was introduced almost after 2 years of the coupe variant, what actually made the R8 Spyder unique was that it first made its appearance in the Hollywood Movie ‘Iron man’ and in the movie it was driven by Tony Stark. Later it was formally introduced at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor show.
Now that the first generation R8 Spyder already has been in the market for 6-7 years, it was time to welcome the second generation Spyder. Now Audi already has launched the second generation R8 Coupe last year, although even before the Audi introduced the second generation car our spy photographers was able to click some close shots of the new generation R8 Spyder while it was being tested and the interesting part was that it was actually not camouflaged. So we gave you the first glimpse of the car before it actually was introduced infront of the public at the 2016 New York Auto Show.
Now that the details of the Audi R8 Spyder are out we can certainly inform you about the details. The Audi R8 Spyder shares the same drivetrain with that of the Coupe, this engine is paired to an automatic gearbox which actually will send power to all the four wheels via the Quattro all wheel drive system that actually makes the R8 Spyder and all season sporstcar. However the sad part is that it will not get the six speed manual transmission anymore.
In this article we have tried to provide you with all the information which is available at this moment about the Audi R8 Spyder. The R8 Spyder will most probably be launched towards the end of this year or the beginning of 2017.
Update 24.03.2016:- We have updated all the details and images available of the newly introduced Audi R8 Spyder from the 2016 New York Auto Show
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The car which was caught testing on the roads of Europe before it was actually introduced at the not camouflaged which actually gave us all a clear idea about what the Audi R8 Spyder will look like. The new generation R8 is based on the same platform as the new R8 Coupe. The new generation Spyder looks identical the R8 Coupe waist down. Everything seems to have remained unchanged except the engine hood towards the rear profile and the missing roof.
As you all are already aware of the fact that the new generation R8 received Audi’s new design language and although this is a hardcore sportacar but it still manages to look sober somehow.
The new design language adopted by Audi has actually made the new generation R8 more sharp and aggressive, it lost some of its inspiring curves too. Towards the front the R8 Spyder also gets this huge front grille while the Audi logo now finds its place towards the tip of the front hood. The headlamps too look sharper than before. The R8 Spyder gets a lightweight fabric roof covering the top of which can be deployed with a press of a button. The roof just takes 20 seconds to open or close and can be operated upto speeds of 50 km/h mark.
Towards the rear profile you can also notice a different engine cover lid which is also replaced with a different engine lid cover to add the touch of personalization. The rear profile of the hatchback looks aggressive too with the sporty rear diffuser and rectangular twin exhaust.
Just like the exterior nothing much has changed inside the cabin of the R8 Spyder as well, yes! But you do get plenty of head room which the coupe cannot provide. The controls and the other switches are driver focused so that the driver does not have to take the hands off the steering wheel or look away from the road. The R8 Spyder just like the coupe gets a huge 12.3 inch TFT screen which actually displays all the information and other details in high resolution and rich 3D graphics. The new generation Spyder also gets plenty of new high tech equipment as well such as the Audi smartphone interface which allows displaying selected content from the Smartphone directly in the Audi virtual cockpit. Everything is possible in the R8, one can even enjoy wide range of services from online media streaming to real-time traffic information with the help of Internet via LTE.
The R8 Spyder also gets the Bang & Olufsen Sound System which promises to provide an excellent audio experience even when someone decides to drive the car with hood open. There is no compromise made on the built quality either. The driver and the passenger gets sports bucket seat which are highly contoured and keeps the occupants in place.
Now as you already would have noticed Audi actually have discontinued their smaller V8 offering and launched the new generation R8 with only the bigger V10 unit. This is the same V10 unit which actually also powers the new Lamborghini Huracan. This naturally aspirated engine has been tuned to produce 540 Hp of peak power and 540 Nm of torque delivered at around 6,500 rpm. Now this engine has been paired to a seven-speed S tronic transmission which actually sends power to the four wheels via the Quattro all wheel drive system.
Talk about performance and the Audi R8 Spyder can sprint from 0-100 km/h mark in just 3.6 seconds while it can reach a top speed of 318 km/h. Just as already have mentioned the dual-clutch transmission directs forces to a newly designed quattro drive system. The all wheel clutch is watercooled purposely maximum performance. This all-wheel clutch delivers andf distributes the torque equally as well as variably according to the driving situation.
There are even three different driving modes are also made available including dry, wet and snow which matches the handling specific to the condition of the roads the car is actually traveling on
The new engine gets an additional direct injection and COD (Cylinder on demand) feature which has actually reduced the fuel consumption level of the R8. This new car now drinks an average of an average of 11.8 Litres of fuel per 100 km.
The new R8 uses a lightweight aluminum chassis which actually has helped enhancing the sporty nature of the car; it even will get four driving modes just like we have seen in the coupe variant which includes comfort, auto, dynamic and individual modes.
Obviously the Spyder variant of the new generation R8 will be lot more expensive than the Coupe variant and you can expect the upcoming car to arrive in the Indian market sometimes next year.
Honestly there are actually very few competition keeping in mind that this is actually a spyder variant but still if Audi decided to bring the R8 Spyder variant to the Indian shores it will surely take on the Jaguar F-Type convertible in the Indian market.
The F-Type Convertible is already available in the Indian market and is powered by a 3.0 Litre V6 unit which is actually capable of producing about 375 Hp of peak power and 450 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to a 8 speed automatic transmission. Although a more powerful 5.0 Litre V8 Supercharged unit is also available in the International market but it is not available in India yet.
You can also read the entire review of the Jaguar F-Type Convertible by clicking the link here
The two things which might upset the buyers of the next generation R8 Spyder is the fact that it won’t be available with a V8 mill anymore and the other factor is that it will now only be available with an automatic transmission which is also a big factor for those owners who likes to push their car to its limit on a track. There is no doubt in the fact that the Audi R8 Spyder will be a supercar which you can drive everyday.
We will definitely update you with more details as soon as the car is launched in the International market.
MARCH 9, 2016 - AUDI R8 SPYDER CAUGHT FREE OF CAMOUFLAGE
- * Styling
- * Drivetrain
- * Quattro all wheel drive system
- * No manual gearbox
- * no V8 engine on offer anymore
- * Expensive
New Audi R8 Spyder V10: debut at the New York International Auto Show
V10 engine developing 397 kW (540 hp), from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.6 seconds
New: driving dynamics system with performance mode
Audi Space Frame with 50 percent improvement in rigidity
397 kW (540 hp), from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.6 seconds, top speed 318 km/h (197.6 mph) – the new Audi R8 Spyder* with V10 naturally aspirated engine merges impressive performance with the allure of open-top driving. Its striking design and high-end technologies demonstrate the concentrated expertise of the premium brand. Audi is unveiling its new open high-performance sports car at the New York International Auto Show 2016.
“With its spontaneous throttle response, quick revving-up and inimitable sound, the 5.2 FSI naturally aspirated engine in the new Audi R8 Spyder delivers undiluted emotion,” remarked Dr.-Ing. Stefan Knirsch, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development. “Compared to the R8 Coupé*, the engine sound in the open high-performance sports car now delivers an even more intense experience.”
Typically Audi: the lightweight cloth hood
The R8 Spyder has a lightweight cloth hood tapering into two fins. These stretch the cloth so that it, along with the large hood compartment cover, harmonizes perfectly with the athletic design of this high-performance sports car. An electro-hydraulic drive opens and closes the hood in 20 seconds up to a speed of 50 km/h (31.1 mph). The rear window, sunk into the bulkhead, can be retracted and extended. With all windows up, the air stream strokes the body with a minimum of turbulence.
Aluminum and carbon fiber components: the new Audi Space Frame
Dry, the two-seater weighs just 1,612 kilograms (3,553.9 lb). Its strong backbone is the newly developed Audi Space Frame (ASF) using the multi-material construction principle, made from aluminum and carbon fiber.
The aluminum components make up 79.6 percent of its weight. In a progression from the R8 Coupé, they form a lattice that Audi’s engineers have used to incorporate specific reinforcements especially into the sills, A-posts and windscreen frame. Innovative manufacturing methods lower the weight of individual components by up to ten percent. As a result, the highly rigid body weighs a mere 208 kilograms (458.6 lb), and its torsional rigidity has increased by over 50 percent compared with the previous model.
Strong motorsport DNA: the V10 power unit
The mighty mid-engine with dual injection system sets the tone in the new Audi R8 Spyder V10. The naturally aspirated 5.2-liter engine has a dynamic throttle response. Its roar – which can be optionally amplified by a sport exhaust system with gloss black tailpipe trims – is goosebump-inducing. 397 kW (540 hp) of power and 540 Nm (398.3 lb-ft) of torque at 6,500 rpm deliver phenomenal road performance: from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.6 seconds, and a top speed of 318 km/h (197.6 mph). Efficiency technologies such as the new freewheeling mode, where the R8 coasts with the engine decoupled, also promote fuel efficiency by ten percent compared with the predecessor model. The new R8 Spyder consumes 11.7 liters per 100 kilometers (20.1 US mpg), corresponding to 277 grams CO2 per kilometer (445.8 g/mile).
Stability and dynamics: quattro drive
Behind the V10 there is a seven-speed S tronic with lighting-fast action, which the driver controls electrically – by wire. The dual-clutch transmission directs forces to a newly designed quattro drive system with an electro-hydraulically activated multi-plate clutch at the front axle. The all-wheel clutch, watercooled for maximum performance, distributes the drive torques fully variably according to the driving situation – in extreme cases, up to 100 percent to the front or rear wheels. The intelligent control system is incorporated into the Audi drive select system, which offers four modes ranging from overtly dynamic to comfort-oriented. In conjunction with the optional R8 performance leather steering wheel, three more driving programs are available: dry, wet and snow. They make handling even more precise and stable, to match the specific conditions of the road being traveled.
Focus on the driver: the controls
The controls place the focus squarely on the driver, who can operate all important functions with the multifunction and satellite push-buttons without having to take their hands off the steering wheel or look away from the road. The large 12.3-inch, fully digital Audi virtual cockpit presents all information using rich 3D graphics – if desired, in a special performance view that includes driving dynamics information. The intuitively operated MMI navigation plus with MMI touch is standard, as are belt microphones. These make it even easier to use natural-language voice control and the phone. MMI search, which makes search suggestions after input of just the first few letters, offers a shortcut to the required information.
High bandwidth: infotainment and Audi connect
With the Audi smartphone interface, a new technology makes its entrance in the R8 Spyder. This makes it possible to display selected content from the smartphone directly in the Audi virtual cockpit. From the middle of this year, this option will also be available for the R8 Coupé. Audi phone box can also be supplied. It connects mobile phones to the car aerial and charges them inductively. Audi connect gets the R8 Spyder on the Internet via LTE and provides a wide range of services – from online media streaming to real-time traffic information. The Bang & Olufsen Sound System is another highlight: For the first time, Audi integrates two head restraint loudspeakers into each seat, for an excellent audio experience even when driving with the hood open.
No compromises: build quality and equipment
The build quality of the new R8 Spyder, which is extensively hand-built at a manufactory near Neckarsulm, is of the highest standard. The driver and passenger sit on sport seats or bucket seats with a more highly contoured seat shape, for superior lateral support. Over and above the extensive standard equipment, customers have almost unlimited scope to tailor both the interior and exterior to their individual preferences. Add-on body components such as the front spoiler, the diffuser and the new sideblades are also available in carbon. LED headlights with newly developed laser technology maximize visibility and range for the driver, bringing increased safety at night.
Fuel consumption of the models named above:
Audi R8 Spyder V10:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 11.7 (20.1 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 277 (445.8 g/mi)
Audi R8 Coupé V10:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 11.4 (20.6 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 272 (437.7 g/mi)
Audi R8 Coupé V10 plus:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 12.3 (19.1 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 287 (461.9 g/mi