The new Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus from Audi Sport is the fastest production convertible the brand has ever made. Its uprated 610 PS V10 engine powers the quattro permanent all-wheel drive car from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.3 seconds – 0.3 seconds faster than the “ordinary” 540PS V10– and achieves a top speed of 203.8 mph.
The V10 mid-mounted engine offers high revving up to 8,700 rpm, lightning-quick responsiveness and an awe-inspiring sound. With 610PS and maximum torque of 560 Newton meters at 6,500 rpm, it is the most powerful series-production engine from Audi.
Behind the V10 there is a seven-speed S tronic with lightning-fast action. The sporty dual-clutch transmission, with its short transmission ratio, sends power to the quattro drive system in the front axle via a cardan shaft. Its key component is an electro-hydraulically activated multi-plate clutch. It is water-cooled for maximum performance. Depending on the driving situation, distribution of the drive torque by the clutch is completely variable, and in extreme cases sends up to 100 per cent to one axle. A mechanical rear differential lock provides confident traction and maximum dynamics. Management of the clutch is integrated in the Audi drive select dynamic driving system, which gives the driver a choice between the comfort, auto, dynamic and individual modes. The standard performance mode includes the programs dry, wet and snow. They adapt the characteristics of the drive system and suspension to the friction coefficient of the road.
All four wheels of the Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus ride on motorsport-inspired aluminium double wishbone suspensions. The setup is firm and the electromechanical power steering offers the ideal combination of precision, handling and confident high-speed behaviour for a sports car. Dynamic steering with variable steering ratio is an option.
There is a mix of tyres onto the standard 19-inch forged aluminium wheels – 245/35 on the front, 295/35 on the back. The large brake discs – 380 mm in front, 356 mm at the back – are manufactured from extremely durable, temperature-resistant and lightweight carbon fibre ceramic composite.
The most distinctive element on the front of the R8 Spyder V10 plus is the wide and flat Singleframe grille with its shimmering honeycomb mesh, chrome-plated frame and the Audi Sport emblem. Below it stretches a low-lying carbon spoiler, which directs air around the large wheels. Optional Audi LED headlights with laser light provide farsighted vision at night. These feature distinctive illuminated, anodised blue dividers as well as the dynamic turn signals.
The sideblades, sill trims, lid on the convertible top compartment and the fixed rear spoilers are constructed from carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP). These as well as the classic soft top are the distinguishing features of the convertible top model.
Two fins running to the rear tighten the top. An electrohydraulic drive takes 20 seconds to open or close the 44 kg top, even while driving at speeds up to 31 mph. Standard-equipment seat belt microphones improve voice quality. With two head restraint loudspeakers in each seat, the Bang & Olufsen sound system provides an excellent audio experience – even when the top is down.
The optional micrommata green design package lends the convertible high-performance sports car the ultimate edge. Its body is painted in a distinctive green. The anthracite grey Singleframe grille and black tailpipe covers create a sharp contrast. Green contrast stitching accents the seats, centre armrests, doors and floor mats with luminous colour that matches the exterior.
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 puts the focus on the rev counter. It also serves as a gear shift indicator – when the seven-speed S tronic is being operated in manual mode, its scale has a colour background at higher engine speeds. Next to it are indicators showing output, torque, g-forces, lap times and the temperatures of the tyres, engine and transmission oil.
Orders are now being accepted for the Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus and the first cars will be delivered in late summer 2017. The UK starting price £147,470 OTR. Start saving!