It’s getting faster and more powerful
as Audi unveiled the new Audi R8 Spyder powered by a V10 engine that develops 540
hp and can accelerate from from 0 to 100 kmph in flat 3.6 seconds
The new Audi with the V10
naturally aspirated engine merges impressive performance with the allure of
open-top driving. Audi unveiled 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,” he
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, harmonises 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 kmph. 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.
Dry, the two-seater weighs
just 1,612 kilograms. Its strong backbone is the newly developed Audi Space
Frame (ASF) using the multi-material construction principle, made from aluminum
and carbon fibre.
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 kg and its
torsional rigidity has increased by over 50 percent compared with the previous
The 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 goose bump-inducing. Peak
power generated is 540 hp and 540 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm deliver phenomenal
road performance. The car can achieve a top speed of 318 kmph. 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
Behind the V10 there is a
seven-speed S tronic with lightning-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.
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
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.
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