Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, and the Audi R8 Spyder.
2010 Audi R8 Spyder
Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, and the Audi R8 Spyder. Click image to enlarge

Frankfurt, Germany – Audi has presented the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI Quattro, the convertible version of its R8 sports car, at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The new top-of-the-range Audi features a 525-horsepower V10 engine, Audi Space Frame, Quattro permanent all-wheel drive, and full LED headlights.

Unlike the coupe, the Spyder does not have “sideblades” behind the doors; the side panels and the large cover over the cloth top’s storage compartment are made of a carbon fibre composite. A soft top was chosen to minimize weight, as its approximate weight is only 30 kilograms, keeping the vehicle’s total weight and centre of gravity low. It opens and closes in 19 seconds, at speeds of up to 50 km/h. When opened, it folds into its storage compartment over the engine, while the heated glass window, which is separate from the top, lowers into the bulkhead.

The new R8 Spyder offers numerous custom extras, including an optional seatbelt microphone which Audi said is a worldwide first. The microphone works in conjunction with the hands-free unit, making it possible to talk on the phone even with the top down on the highway, thanks to three small, flat microphones integrated into both seatbelts, with a fourth one in the windshield frame.

With a six-speed manual transmission, the R8 Spyder reaches zero to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds, and zero to 200 km/h in 12.7 seconds, with a top speed of 313 km/h. It is also available with an optional six-speed R tronic transmission with normal and sport programs, and fully automatic and manual modes.

The Spyder will be launched in Germany in the first quarter of 2010, with a base price of €156,400.

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