Along Came A Spyder | MHH International
The new R8 Spyder V10 plus is capable of 0-62mph in a mere 3.3 seconds and a top speed that exceeds 200mph, spurred on by its significant 70PS (69bhp)power advantage, and by an equally significant 25kg weight reduction over the ‘standard’ V10 Spyder.
This superb car, not for the faint-hearted, will be available to order in the UK this month and will be priced from £147,470. This uprated Spyder will feature a standard specification list that reflects the sporting credentials and premium positioning of this very high-performance flagship.
Highlights include R8 bucket seats, liberally applied carbon fibre-reinforced polymer components inside and out, ceramic brakes, the R8-specific Audi Virtual Cockpit and the option of an exclusive ‘micrommata’ green paint finish for an even more cutting-edge look.
Incredibly high revving up to 8,700 rpm and 560Nm of torque and offering lightning-quick response coupled with an evocative, voluminous sound that, on start-up, will have the neighbours twitching the curtains, the V10 is the most powerful engine from the brand with the four rings.
The R8 Spyder V10 plus returns up to 22.6mpg combined, which corresponds to CO² emissions of 292g/km. To aid efficiency and economy the engine includes a cylinder on demand system, which deactivates one cylinder bank at low to medium loads, as well as dual injection in the intake manifold and combustion chambers. If the driver eases off the accelerator at a speed of over 34mph, the engine disconnects from the drive and the new R8 Spyder coasts at idle with minimal fuel consumption. When the car comes to a stop, a start-stop system deactivates the V10 engine.
The oil supply is designed according to the dry sump principle, like that of a racing car. This enables the engine to be positioned extremely low, giving the car an extremely low centre of gravity – a requirement for the sporty and agile driving behaviour.
Gear shifts are achieved by a lightning fast seven-speed S tronic transmission. The dual-clutch transmission, with its short transmission ratio, sends power to the quattro drive system.
The driver has a choice between Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual modes. The standard performance mode includes the programmes dry, wet and snow. They adapt the characteristics of the drive system and suspension to the friction coefficient of the road.
As well as control of the quattro drive system, Audi drive select can also influence the operating characteristics of the accelerator pedal, the seven-speed S tronic, the steering, the flaps of the exhaust system and the optional Audi magnetic ride adaptive damper control. In dynamic mode, the system delivers the sharpest possible steering response and maximum handling agility.
All four wheels of the Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus are guided through aluminium double wishbone suspension, demonstrating the model line's close links with motor sport. The setup is firm and the electro-mechanical power steering offers the ideal specific combination of precision, handling and confident high-speed behaviour for a sports car. Dynamic steering with variable steering ratio is available as an option.
The R8 Spyder V10 plus has an athletic stance on the road. The most distinctive element on the front is the wide and flat Singleframe grille with its gloss 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 laser light in the LED headlights provides farsighted vision at night.
A continuous shoulder line spanning the flanks emphasises the taught line of the body. The distinguishing features of the open-top mode are the sideblades, sill trim, lid on the convertible top compartment and the fixed rear spoilers all constructed from carbon fibre-reinforced polymer.
This is sports car design and engineering at its very best. Peerless.
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