2018 Audi R8 – Interior, Exterior and Drive. 2017 Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro S tronic Vegas Yellow – Interior, Exterior and Drive.
Engine type: V10 gasoline engine (90° V angle) with dry sump lubrication, gasoline direct injection, four valve technology, DOHC cylinder head
Displacement in cc / bore x stroke in mm / compression: 5204 / 84.5 x 92.8 / 12.5
Max. power output in kW (hp) / at rpm: 397 (540) / 7800
Max. torque in Nm (lb-ft) / at rpm: 540 (398.3) / 6500
Top speed in km/h (mph): 318 (197.6)
Acceleration, 0-100 km/h (0-62.1 mph) in sec: 3.6
Combined fuel consumption in l/100km: 11.7 (20.1)
Combined CO2-emissions in g/km: 277 (445.8)
Unladen weight according to EU (excluding driver) / (including driver) / gross weight limit in kg (lb): 1720 (3792.0) / 1795 (3957.3) / 2020 (4453.3)
“The new Audi R8 Spyder is faster, lighter and more dynamic than its predecessor,” says Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of quattro GmbH. “Together with the Coupé, it forms the vanguard of the Audi model lineup and offers the ultimate in open-top driving enjoyment.”
Honed: the design
The new Audi R8 Spyder is much more chiseled and athletic than its predecessor. It has grown by 36 millimeters (1.4 in) in width to 1.94 meters (6.4 ft). This added width is underscored by the horizontal lines at the front and rear. The sculpted Singleframe with its eye-catching honeycomb grille appears wider and is positioned lower. It is flanked by large air inlets with vertical bars. Positioned seamlessly above the Singleframe are the wedge-shaped LED headlights, which are optionally available with Audi laser light. This option provides for optimal visibility in the dark and can be identified by the lighted, anodized blue strips dividing the headlights and also by the dynamic turn signals. The narrow LED lights provide a distinctive red light signature at the stately rear of the car. Downforce is provided by a large diffuser bordered on both sides by trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes. The new sideblades emphasize the sporty lines on the flanks. The inlets there feed air to the mid-mounted V10 engine.
Typical Audi: lightweight soft top
The convertible top of the R8 Spyder weighs just 44 kilograms (97.0 lb), thus contributing to the low center of gravity of the open-top, high-performance sports car. Two fins running to the rear stretch the cloth. They and the large cover of the compartment for the convertible top harmonize perfectly with the striking design of the R8 Spyder. An electro-hydraulic drive opens and closes the top in just 20 seconds at speeds up to 50 km/h (31.1 mph). The rear window is sunk into the bulkhead and can be retracted and extended electrically. With all windows up, the air stream strokes the R8 Spyder with a minimum of turbulence.
Aluminum and carbon fiber components: the new Audi Space Frame
The open-top two-seater has an unladen weight of 1,720 kilograms (3,792.0 lb). When weighed without operating fluids as is the norm in motorsport, it tips the scales at just 1,612 kilograms (3,553.9 lb). Its strong backbone is the newly developed multimaterial Audi Space Frame (ASF), made from aluminum and carbon fiber.
The aluminum components make up 79.6 percent of its weight. In a progression from the R8 Coupé*, they create a lattice that Audi’s engineers have used to incorporate specific reinforcements especially into the sills,
A-posts and windshield frame. Besides the choice of materials, innovative manufacturing methods reduce the weight of individual components by as much as 10 percent. As a result, the highly rigid body weighs just 208 kilograms (458.6 lb), and its torsional rigidity has increased by over 50 percent compared with the previous model. That is the key parameter
for a dynamic, solid and premium driving experience.Strong motorsport DNA: the V10 power unit
The impressive mid-engine with dual injection system sets the tone in the new Audi R8 Spyder V10. The free-breathing, 5.2-liter engine responds spontaneously and revs up quickly. Its sonorous sound – which can be optionally amplified by a sport exhaust system with gloss black tailpipe trims – is goosebump-inducing. 397 kW (540 hp) of power at 7,800 rpm and 540 Nm (398.3 lb-ft) of torque at 6,500 rpm deliver impressive road performance: from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 318 km/h (197.6 mph). The new R8 Spyder thus tops its predecessor by 15 hp, 0.2 seconds in the sprint and 7 km/h (4.3 mph) in top speed.