The Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus from the workshop of Audi Sport GmbH is the fastest series-production convertible model from the brand with the four rings. Its unmistakable 610 hp V10 mid-engine offers intense driving performance and powers the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. The standard performance program, R8 bucket seats and many components made from carbon fiber-reinforced polymer distinguish this high-performance sports car, with its exclusive micrommata green paint finish giving it an even more cutting-edge look.
Incredibly high revving up to 8,700 rpm and 610 hp it is the most powerful series-production engine from Audi. Compared with the R8 Spyder V10 the naturally aspirated 5.2 FSI engine, with a high 12.7:1 compression ratio gives a 70 hp boost in performance. As a result, the Spyder V10 plus sprints to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.3 seconds – 0.3 seconds faster – and achieves a top speed of 203.8 mph, an increase of 6.2 mph. Each hp only has to move 6.1 lbs.
Behind the V10 there is a seven-speed S tronic. The dual-clutch transmission, with its short transmission ratio, sends power to the quattro drive system in the front axle via a cardan shaft. Its key component is an electro-hydraulically activated multi-plate clutch. It is water-cooled for maximum performance. Depending on the driving situation, distribution of the drive torque by the clutch is completely variable, and in extreme cases sends up to 100 percent to one axle. A mechanical rear differential lock provides confident traction and maximum dynamics. Management of the clutch is integrated in the Audi drive select dynamic driving system, which gives the driver a choice between the comfort, auto, dynamic and individual modes. The standard performance mode includes the programs dry, wet and snow. They adapt the characteristics of the drive system and suspension to the friction coefficient of the road.
All four wheels of the Spyder V10 plus are guided through aluminum double wishbone suspension and is equiped with electromechanical power steering. Dynamic steering with variable steering ratio is available as an option. This boosts the car’s responsiveness at all speeds, providing high-performance cornering characteristics and quick steering behavior. It countersteers with tiny impulses at the cornering limit to further improve stability.
Audi mounts a mix of tires onto the standard 19-inch forged aluminum wheels – 245/35 on the front, 295/35 on the back. The large brake discs – 15.0 in. diameter in front, 14.0 in. in back – are manufactured in a lightweight carbon fiber ceramic composite.
Outside there is a wide and flat Singleframe grille with its shimmering 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 LED headlights with laser light provide farsighted vision at night. These feature distinctive illuminated, anodized blue dividers as well as the dynamic turn signals.
The sideblades, sill trims, lid on the convertible top compartment and the fixed rear spoilers are constructed from carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP). These as well as the classic soft top are the distinguishing features of the convertible top model.
Two fins running to the rear tighten the top. An electrohydraulic drive takes 20 seconds to open or close the 97.0 lb top, even while driving at speeds up to 31.1 mph. Standard-equipment seat belt microphones improve voice quality. With two head restraint loudspeakers in each seat, the Bang & Olufsen sound system provides an excellent audio experience – even when the top is down.
In the rear, large, glossy black trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes flank the opening of the wide diffuser, another component made from CFRP. Its suction literally holds the Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus on the road with about 220.5 lb of downforce being placed on the rear axle at top speeds.
Its body is painted in a distinctive green. The anthracite gray Singleframe grille and black tailpipe covers create a sharp contrast.
Audi exclusive furnishes the interior completely in black, in fine Nappa leather, which is perforated on control elements. Green contrast stitching accents the seats, center armrests, doors and floor mats with luminous color that matches the exterior. The Audi exclusive program offers a wealth of additional options for personalizing your car. The product range includes freely selectable colors and matt-effect paint finishes, numerous decorative inlays and upholstery options. Both the side blades and door sill trims can be personalized with insignia. In addition, parts in carbon or titanium black are available for many areas of the exterior and interior.
R8 bucket seats come standard in the convertible top model upholstered in Nappa leather with special pigmenting that stops them from heating up in the sun’s rays. Decorative inlays are made from carbon; the pedals and footrest are in glossy stainless steel. The defining element is the “monoposto”, a large arc running around the cockpit. The dashboard appears to float weightlessly. Its lower section contains buttons and controls for the air conditioning, shaped like turbines. Drivers can operate all important functions without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. The leather steering wheel features integrated multifunction buttons as well as two large control satellites. The driver uses these to start and stop the engine and control Audi drive select. Two more buttons including a rotary wheel are used to control the performance mode and the exhaust flaps.
The large 12.3-inch, fully digital Audi virtual cockpit presents all information using 3D graphics and if desired, in a special performance view that puts the focus on the rev counter. It also serves as a gear shift indicator when the seven-speed S tronic is being operated in manual mode, its scale has a color background at higher engine speeds. Next to it are indicators showing output, torque, g-forces, lap times and the temperatures of the tires, engine and transmission oil.
Orders are now being accepted for the Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus with the first cars being delivered in late summer 2017. The base price in Germany is 207,500 euros ($232,483).
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