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Motorsport technology can also be found in the chassis
of the Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro. There are double
triangular wishbones made of aluminum at all four
wheels, and the hydraulic rack-and-pinion power steering
conveys highly-precise road feel. 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.
A sports suspension with conventional shock absorbers is
available as an option.
The R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro rolls on 19-inch wheels
shod up front with 235/35 tires and 295/30 tires in the
rear. The four brake discs are internally ventilated and
perforated, and are gripped by a total of 24 calipers.
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.
Comfortable: interior, equipment and trim
The open-top two-seater features a generously spacious
interior. The ring of the leather-wrapped, multifunction
sports steering wheel is flattened at the bottom, and the
power seats guide and support the body perfectly. Quality
of fit and finish is extraordinary; the controls are clear and
logical; and the driver information system includes a lap
timer. The rear bulkhead includes a storage compartment
with three bins, and the luggage compartment at the front
of the car can hold 100 liters of luggage.
Equipment highlights include an excellent sound system
from Bang & Olufsen, deluxe automatic air conditioning
and heated seats. The leather seat coverings are specially
pigmented to reduce heating as a result of the sun’s rays.
The standard navigation plus system with MMI control
logic features impressively high resolution and fast route
Also included standard in the Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI
quattro are the all-LED headlights – light-emitting diodes
are used for the low beams, the high beams, the daytime
running lights and the turn signals. The LED headlights
not only look like technological works of art, they also
offer substantial practical advantages with their excellent
light distribution, long service life and extremely low
energy consumption.
Available as a standard on the new R8 Spyder 5.2
FSI quattro is the innovative seatbelt microphone for
the hands-free unit, which makes it possible to make
telephone calls even with the top down on the highway.
Integrated into each of the two belts are three small
microphones; a fourth is mounted on the windshield
At a glance
The Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro
Convertible top and body
- Lightweight cloth soft top weighing only around 42 kilograms
- Electrohydraulic motor, opens and closes in 19 seconds, even
while driving at speeds up to 50 km/h
- ASF aluminum body, excellent rigidity and a weight of only
216 kilograms
- Comfortably spacious and exemplary ergonomics
- 5.2-liter V10, FSI gasoline direct injection and dry
sump lubrication
- Outstanding power: 386 kW (525 hp), 530 Nm of torque
- Breathtaking performance: 0 – 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds,
top speed 313 km/h
- Six-speed manual transmission, optional R tronic sequential
transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel and
Launch Control function - quattro permanent all-wheel drive
with strongly rear-biased power distribution
- Aluminum double wishbone suspension like in motorsport
- Audi magnetic ride adaptive damping standard
- High-performance brakes, with carbon fiber-ceramic discs
available as an option
- 19-inch wheels for high lateral acceleration and strong grip
Equipment and trim
- Generous list of standard equipment, including navigation
system plus, sound system from Bang & Olufsen, power leather
seats and deluxe automatic air conditioning
- Innovative all-LED headlights standard
- Innovative seatbelt microphone comes as a standard
- Audi parking system with review camera as standard
The R8 Spyd e r V10