Audi R8 Spider

Audi's drop-top R8 supercar is snapped at the Nurburgring in 5.2-litre V10 form

Audi’s R8 Spider has been spied out testing. It’s essentially just a roadster version of the rather brilliant R8 coupe, but there’ll be differences to set the two apart.

The biggest of these, of course, is the soft-top roof. Just like its cousin, the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, the R8 forgoes a folding metal roof to avoid ungainly proportions and to save weight and keep the centre of gravity low.

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On top of this, the R8’s signature sideblades are missing too. This is likely a cost of chopping the roof, but it also goes someway to separate the coupe and convertible R8 variants further.

While Audi is expected to launch the V8-powered R8 Spider at September’s Frankfurt motor show, the car snapped here appears to be the 5.2-litre V10 version, with rear-end detailing to match that of the recently-launched V10 coupe. Note the round, singular tailpipes on each side, rear diffuser and gloss black trim stretching the width of the rear.

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The car was caught testing at the Nürburgring, Audi no doubt fine-tuning suspension and handling to make sure the chopped roof doesn’t affect the R8’s dynamics too much.

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