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Audi R8 Spyder – Spy Shots!

Mar 10

Audi is adding to its already phenomenal R8 line-up. If there is anyone who doesn’t know of the R8, we only have one question for you: Where have you been?! Below are some pics of the new addition to the Audi family as well as some information on the already existing models. The first of the new models will be a V-8 version of the R8 Spyder which is currently available in a V-10 option only. Not that we need another reason to LOVE the R8 – but look for this new version early 2011!

Audi R8 Spyder
Audi R8 Spyder
Audi R8 Spyder

Audi currently sells three different versions of its R8 supercar, the original 4.2-liter V-8 model and the newer 5.2-liter V-10 model, which is available in either hard-top coupe or Spyder convertible bodystyles.
However, the R8 model family is set to expand with several new additions, the first of which is set to be unveiled towards the end of the year. This first model will be a V-8 version of the R8 Spyder, which currently is only available with a V-10 engine. It will be priced around the $135,000 mark and should hit showrooms in early 2011.
Also in the works is a sportier model–like the R8 wasn’t sporty enough–that will draw influences from the R8 LMS race car. Speaking at a press event late last year, Audi quattro development chief Stefan Reil hinted that lightweight versions of the R8 and TT were being considered. This wouldn’t be the first time Audi developed such a car–back in 2005 the automaker released a limited edition TT quattro Sport to mark the end of production of the previous generation TT. The car had a slight increase in power over the standard model as well as firmer suspension, a stripped our interior and Recaro bucket seats.
Soon after Reil’s comments a mysterious R8 prototype had been spotted in Germany wearing an oversized fixed rear wing, small canards attached to the front bumper, and bigger brakes. According to Car and Driver, Lamborghini’s new Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera and its 570 horsepower V-10 gives a glimpse of what to expect.
Whether this model will wear an RS badge or simply be called a R8 Sport remains to be seen.
Finally, the finicky six-speed sequential R tronic gearbox offered in the current R8 lineup is expected to be eventually replaced with Audi’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Thankfully, the open-gate six-speed manual will remain as standard.

Personally I don’t know why anyone would want a car like this. Not the R8 (obviously EVERYONE should want one of those) but the spyder does not appeal to me at all, v-10 or otherwise. Of course maybe it’s because I live in the northwest. In any case are they actually selling enough of these to justify having that many models? I can’t see why they keep the V8 around when the V10 is obviously the way to go. Guess if I lived in a sunny climate where my neighbor already has an R8 and I want to stand out, topless would be the way to go.

The car is still pure moving sex no matter what options they put on it, so I’ll keep on dreaming…

From schroeder on March 10th, 2010

Schroeder,
The Spyder (topless) is only really starting to grow on me as well; 2 years ago I thought convertibles were pointless. Today I am starting to understand why they have the V8 as an option and the answer is European taxes. In Europe you are taxed on every liter of displacement your engine has each year, so it can add up. Now that might be a poor reason to introduce the V8 R8 Spyder but I have to start somewhere.

From Scott Mitchell on March 11th, 2010

Hmm, didn’t realize that. I know Europe taxes the hell out of cars but I wasn’t aware diplacement played a part in that. Interesting. Definitely makes sense why they have small displacement options on cars then.

From schroeder on March 15th, 2010

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