2018 Audi R8 V10 Spyder Plus
The Audi R8 V10 Plus is a major player of the R8 brand, and they recently rolled out the Spyder variant of the Coupe from the workshop of Audi Sport GmbH. According to their reports, this is the fastest series-production convertible model from the brand ever. Powered by a V10 unit and the Quattro permanent all-wheel drive this Spyder variant is surely a stunner.
This is the same R8 which comes with a soft top and few other modifications to increase the safety of the passengers inside while they are driving with the top open. Powering this beast is the same mid-mounted naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 powerplant which also happens to be Audi’s most powerful series production engine. This unit is capable of producing almost 70 + Bhp more than the standard unit, and luckily for us Indians, Audi decided to introduce the R8 V10 Plus variant only instead of the standard variant. So you also expect The R8 V10 Plus Spyder also to be launched in the Indian market soon.
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2017 Audi R8 Spyder
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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We knew that this was coming the R8 has spent almost 7 years of its life on road and with the increasing competition Audi surely needed to introduce the next generation R8 soon. Equipped with all the modern technologies available at this moment, there is no doubt in the fact that the new generation R8 is one popular contender and stays towards the top of the list of sportscars available in the market today. Audi has already launched couple of special edition R8’s in the market and even some track inspired variants of the first generation coupe too and they surely was able to pull the crowd and why not the R8 has almost everything of being called the ‘perfect mid-engine sportscar’.
However as the time was passing the R8 started aging and there was a buzz that that Audi will be unveiling the new generation R8 last year and it will be replacing the current generation car. The German premium car manufacturer will be focusing on using an improved chassis with special attention to weight saving while the engines will be re engineered to produce even more power and torque and at the same time reduce the fuel consumption and also the CO2 level.
Now there were talks that Audi will unveiling the new R8 at the Geneva Auto show which will be held from 3rd March but we can consider ourselves lucky because even before the show Audi already took the wraps of their new generation R8 and also gave us the details of the new car. The second generation R8 is offered with the V10 units which is available in two states of tune and they both come with more power, better acceleration and an impressive fuel economy figures.
Update 04.02.2016:- Audi launched the new 2016 R8 in the Indian market and it will be only available in the top-end R8 V10 Plus grade. The prices and other information has been updated in this article
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Audi stunned the world when it first showcased the R8 supercar. The design of the new mid-engine supercar was unlike any seen before. It was flamboyant in a subtle way. Not too brash and neither too loud. At launch, the car used the same 4.2-liter V-8 engine from the RS4. The chassis was designed from scratch, although the expertise from Lamborghini proved quite helpful.
So, Audi had launched a car that was slightly cheaper than the Lamborghini Gallardo and had a trusty V-8 under its hood. Audi later added a V-10 version with over 500 horsepower, the roots of which can be traced back to the Lamborghini V-10.
Still, the Gallardo was a bit too flashy for some and hence the Audi R8 was able to carve out a segment for itself. Audi has recently launched V10 Plus version of the R8 which gets more power and other improved bits. The V10 Plus is only available as a coupe.
That said, the current Audi R8 is almost at the end of its life cycle. A new model is set to replace the car in two years time. The very first pre-production prototypes have already been spotted, however the spy pictures do not reveal a drastic change in design of the 2016 Audi R8.
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Recession is a world which the wealthy of the world haven’t heard. 2013 will see a host of new sportcars and while most of them won’t make it to India, four of the five cars we have featured in this article are possibly headed our way. While most of us would never be able to see these cars on roads, there is a growing number of millionaires in India which have enough space in their garage to fill it up with these supercars.
The fact that theR8 V10 is the fastest accelerating car in Audi’s history is reason enough to buy it. Aimed at the hard core enthusiast, the Audi R8 proved to be every bit as sophisticated as it was expected to. The R8 was first shown at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show and sales started from 2006 and the supercar was first launched in India in 2008 and later on Audi launched it with a 5.2-litre V10 engine. Earlier this year Audi launched the R8 with a facelift and gave it an increase in power and also added a new gearbox. The 2013 Audi R8 V10 hasn’t yet been launched in India but the manufacturer is expected to be launching their supercar sometime next year.
Manufacturers today are trying to make sensible supercars which appeal to the hard core enthusiast while trying not to alienate any one. The Audi R8 is a perfect example of that, a car which is sophisticated, quick as the wind, comfortable, while not comprising with quality. The R8 shares a thing or two with its cousin the Lamborghini Gallardo which has the same engine and they share a lot of the chassis underpinnings. There are similarities as well between theAudi R8 and the Le Mans quattro concept shown at the 2003 Frankfurt show like the use of magneto-rheological damping and the all-LED lighting systems. When R8 international sales began in 2006, it came with a dry-sump version of the RS4’s V8 engine. The supercar was launched in India in 2008 and in 2011 the manufacturer launched the R8 with a 5.2-litre V10 engine. While the earlier V8 engine wasn’t sluggish by any stretch of imagination, the V10 is a glorious engine in a glorious car. The R8 V10 is priced at Rs 1.40crore for the coupe while the Spyder is priced at Rs 1.50crore.