Audi confirmed MSRP of the new species of the R8 Spyder equipped with a V8 engine, for the British market. This version has the same 4.2 liter TFSI V8 as in the first Audi R8 which has 420 hp and 430Nm. The V10-powered Spyder has 525 hp. Even though this V8 model seems to be a discount version of the original for the poor guy, it’s still very expensive at £95,545. And that’s with the manual, if you want the R-tronic gearbox which you do because it’s brilliant, that’ll be £100,855.
In conjunction with both the standard six-speed manual transmission and the optional six-speed S tronic automated manual, the R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI quattro can sprint to 62mph from rest in just 4.8 seconds, and in the appropriate circumstances can continue to a 186mph top speed.
The electrohydraulically controlled hood, which opens the R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI quattro to the elements in 19 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph, blends harmoniously into the advanced aluminium and carbon fibre composite body shell’s dramatic lines, and when lowered folds like a Z beneath the automatically activated cover of its storage compartment above the V8 engine. The heated glass window, which is separate from the fabric hood, is lowered into the bulkhead. It can be independently raised and lowered at the touch of a button, with the top up or down. An additional wind deflector is fitted as standard and can be latched into the bulkhead behind the seats in two easy steps.
Beneath the skin, the deceptively spacious cabin is equipped with the same comforts as the existing V8-powered R8 Coupe, but also adds heating and electric adjustment for the Fine Nappa leather-trimmed seats, plus Bluetooth mobile phone preparation incorporating innovative seatbelt-mounted microphones which make it possible to talk on the phone even with the top down on the motorway.