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Audi offers a classic manual and an R tronic sequential six-
speed transmission as an option. Launch Control manages
engagement of the clutch for maximum acceleration. The
standard suspension includes the high-end Audi magnetic
ride technology, in which the shock absorbers adjust their
response to the road conditions and the driver’s style
within milliseconds. The R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro rolls
on 19-inch wheels. The four brake discs are internally
ventilated and perforated. Optionally available from Audi
are large carbon fiber-ceramic discs that are lightweight,
robust and long-lived. The ESP stabilization system has a
Sport mode and can also be completely deactivated.
The R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro features a fascinating
package of technologies, including the Audi Space Frame
(ASF) made of aluminum and carbon fiber composite,
quattro permanent all-wheel drive, the excellent sound
system from Bang & Olufsen, LED headlights and the
innovative seatbelt microphone. The leather seat coverings
are specially pigmented to reduce heating as a result of the
sun’s rays.
The R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro sports a cloth soft top in
classic Audi style, which keeps the vehicle’s total weight
and center of gravity low. The top opens and closes within
19 seconds, even while driving at speeds up to 50 km/h.
Jeff Mannering, Managing Director of Audi Middle East,
on the launch “The R8 Spyder will sell a selected number
of units only. Its true value lies in its role as an ambassador
of the Audi brand.”
The Audi R8 Spyder V10 is available in the Middle East as
of now, starting from USD $148,229.
The R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro captivates from the very
first glance. Its lines offer a unique interpretation of the
dynamics and emotion of a high-performance sports car.
Two distinctive silver cowls, into which the large air intake
openings are integrated, give the long back a powerful
profile. Unlike the Coupé, the R8 Spyder has classic air
intakes behind the doors. The rear side panels and the
large cover over the storage compartment for the cloth top
are made of a carbon fiber composite.
The R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro sports a cloth soft top
in classic Audi style. The soft top’s approximate weight
is a mere 42 kilograms; it thus keeps the vehicle’s total
weight and center of gravity low. When closed it melds
harmoniously into the design line – it ends in two slim
fins that extend toward the rear and have a contour similar
to that of the Coupé hard top.
The top is suitable without restriction for high-speed
driving and is quiet. With the standard electrohydraulic
motor, the top opens and closes within 19 seconds, even
while driving at speeds up to 50 km/h. The heated glass
window is integrated separately into the bulkhead and
can be raised and lowered via a switch with the soft top up
or down. Audi also provides a wind deflector that can be
installed in just two steps.
The bulkhead includes integrated rollover protection
in the form of two pretensioned plates. The aluminum
Audi Space Frame (ASF) body of the R8 Spyder is
reinforced at important locations, yet it tips the scales at
a mere 216 kilograms – just six kilograms more than the
Coupé. Equipped with a manual transmission, the high-
performance sports car weighs only 1,720 kilograms.
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Prodigious power: the drivetrain
The new top-of-the-range Audi offers incredible
performance. The free-breathing V10 with the aluminum
crankcase features direct gasoline injection. The
12.5:1 compression ratio that the FSI concept enables
contributes to the high performance and good efficiency.
Dry sump lubrication, another motorsport technology,
ensures the reliable supply of oil even at the maximum
lateral and longitudinal acceleration.
The 5.2-liter engine produces 530 Nm of torque at 6,500
rpm and 368 kW (525 hp) at 8,000 rpm. Its specific
power output is 100.9 hp per liter of displacement; each
hp only needs to move 3.3 kilograms of weight. The R8
Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro accelerates from zero to 100 km/h
in 4.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 313 km/h.
The engine offers amazing thrust and hangs tenaciously
on the throttle in every situation accompanied by that
unmistakable ten-cylinder Audi sound.
Audi offers the R tronic sequential six-speed transmission
as an option. This has a fully automatic and a manual
mode, in which the driver can change gears in an instant
using paddles on the steering wheel. Launch Control
manages engagement of the clutch for maximum
acceleration. The rear-biased quattro permanent all-wheel
drive system transfers power to the road with supreme
ease. Together with the locking differential on the rear
axle, it provides significantly greater traction, stability,
cornering speed and precision.