Audi is introducing the R8 Spyder V10 model at the New York Auto Show that opens its doors for visitors on March 25th.
Following the fully revealing spy photos from earlier this month, we now have all the details and official images of the R8 Spyder V10 to share. Audi is trying to keep the weight of the car as low as possible so it has decided to use a lightweight cloth top that is controlled by an electro-hydraulic mechanism. It opens and closes the top in 20 seconds up to a speed of 50 kilometers per hour (31 miles per hour). Thanks to the cloth material, the vehicle weighs 1,612 kilograms (3,553 pounds).
Power comes from the familiar 5.2-litre V10 naturally aspirated petrol engine that generates 540 horsepower and 398 pound feet of torque at 6,500 rpm. These figures provide a 0-100 kilometers per hour acceleration in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 318 km/h (197.6 mph).
Seeking better fuel efficiency, the Germans have installed a freewheeling mode, where the R8 coasts with the engine decoupled. As a result, the convertible consumes an estimated 11.7 liters per 100 kilometers (20.1 US miles per gallon) with corresponding CO2 emissions of 277 grams per kilometre.
The V10 engine channels its power to all four wheels through a seven-speed automatic gearbox with two clutches and the company’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. It can operate in four modes controlled by the Audi drive select system.