Audi R8 Spyder

Official pictures and details of the roadster Audi R8 supercar, with V10 power

After pictures of the new Audi R8 Spyder were leaked onto the internet last week, more details of the production-ready drop-top from Ingolstadt are now available, and brown paint aside, it’s looking good.

As we predicted when the pictures first made their way onto the web, the Spyder will get the 10-cylinder, 5.2-litre engine from the range-topping R8 V10 coupe, putting out 518bhp at 8000rpm and 391lb ft of torque from 6500rpm. 

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

All of this means the R8 Spyder will do the 0-60mph dash in 4.1sec and won’t run out of puff until it’s knocking on the double-ton door at 194mph – a tad slower than the coupe, but not much. It’ll remain mid-engined and four-wheel drive.

Thankfully, Audi has decided on a canvas roof over a hard-top setup as it keeps the weight down – it’ll open and close in 19 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph. Although with the extra additions to keep the car from wobbling itself apart over bumps, the new model still tips the scales at a chunky 1720kg.

Advertisement - Article continues below

After the sheets are pulled off the Spyder at the Frankfurt motor show, it’s expected in showrooms in the first quarter of 2010, and will command a hefty premium over the coupe, with a base price of 156,400 euros – about £137,700 in today’s money.

Follow evo Magazine on Twitter as we provide coverage on the Frankfurt motor show



Audi R8 coupe

Audi R8 review

22 May 2020

Most Popular

Best cars

Best cars to buy for £10,000 – evo garage

The evo team picks their favourite used performance cars
1 Jul 2020
Dodge Challenger

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock revealed

The ancient Dodge Challenger lives on in new 807bhp widebody form – makes a Shelby GT500 look like a pedal car
3 Jul 2020
Mercedes CLA45 AMG hatchback

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S Shooting Brake review

Good looks and stonking performance, if you can stomach the price tag
4 Jul 2020
Skoda Octavia vRS

Full 2020 Skoda Octavia vRS engine range detailed

Skoda’s engine range for the Octavia vRS topped by a 242bhp turbo petrol
3 Jul 2020