The 2017 Audi R8 Spyder Is Faster, Tighter, More Powerful
The Audi R8 V10 Spyder has a powerful 540-hp engine and will hit 62 mph in 3.6 seconds. Top speed is just over 197 mph.
The new Audi R8 Spyder will have more power, new drive modes, a tighter chassis, and a faster sprint time than ever before.
At the New York International Auto Show, Audi showcased an updated version of the R8 Spyder, alongside new executive Stephan Winkelmann—formerly of Lamborghini.
The last update to the Spyder came with the 2015 model year (two years ago), and this time around Audi has added 15 horsepower, new driving dynamic systems and performance modes, updated components, and increased rigidity to the Sport line, which started with the first-generation coupe in 2007 and continued through a 2010 introduction of the Spyder version.With its new design, the R8 Spyder retains the forward position of the passenger compartment, the highly accentuated wheel arches, and the long back of its predecessor.
But at 14.5 feet long it is 0.6 inches shorter and 1.4 inches wider than previous years.
It contains nearly 50 percent of the same parts used on the LMS racing version of the R8 that won the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race last month.
The car shows Audi’s famous front nose with a honeycomb grill, wedge-shaped headlights, and LED-diode lights inside them.
Its rag top deploys in 20 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph, and you can choose it in red, brown, or black.
Optional add-ons for the new model include a front spoiler, carbon-fiber “sideblades” along the side of the car, and a novel paint color for the car called Argus Brown.
Audi says the Spyder will go on sale later this year. Pricing has not been announced.
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