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Incy wincy Spyder: Audi’s V10 plus super-beast spins web of speed

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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.

Coming in at an eye-watering £137,450 list price, it’s padded out with £16,000 of options – and it already comes notably better equipped than the £122,450 standard version.

Not only do you get an extra 69bhp for your money, but also carbon ceramic brakes, one-piece bucket seats, carbon rear spoiler, mirrors and side blades, sports exhaust and matt carbon inside.

Incredibly high revving up to 8,700 rpm, lightning-quick responsiveness and an awe-inspiring, voluminous sound - the V10 mid-engine is an object of fascination.

With 449 kW (610 hp) and maximum torque of 560 Newton meters at 6,500 revolutions per minute, it is the most powerful series-production engine from the brand with the four rings.

Compared with the Audi R8 Spyder V10, the naturally aspirated 5.2 FSI engine, with a high 12.7:1 compression ratio in the plus version, features a 52 kW (70 hp) boost in performance.

As a result, the top model sprints to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.3 seconds - 0.3 seconds faster - and achieves a top speed of 328 km/h (203.8 mph), an increase of 10 km/h (6.2 mph). Each hp only has to move 2.78 kilograms (6.1 lb).

It consumes 12.5 litres per 100 kilometre, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 292 grams per kilometre.

Behind the V10 there is a seven-speed S tronic with lightning-fast action. The sporty dual-clutch transmission, with its short transmission ratio, sends power to the quattro drive system in the front axle via a cardan shaft.

All four wheels of the Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus are guided through aluminium double wishbone suspensions - this solution also demonstrates the model line's closeness to motorsport.

The setup is firm and the electromechanical power steering offers the ideal specific combination of precision, handling and confident high-speed behaviour for a sports car.

Audi mounts a mix of tyres - 245/35 on the front, 295/35 on the back - on the standard 19-inch forged aluminium wheels in five twin-spoke design. The large brake discs - 380 millimetres (15.0 in) diameter in front, 356 millimetres (14.0 in) in back - are manufactured from temperature-resistant and lightweight carbon fibre ceramic composite. The anthracite gray fixed calipers feature six pistons on the front axle and four in the rear.

The Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus has an angular and athletic stance on the road. It is 4.43 meters (14.5 ft) long and 1.94 meters (6.4 ft) wide, but just 1.24 meters (4.6 ft) tall. The most distinctive element on the front is the wide and flat Singleframe grille with its gloss 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.

The standard equipment package for the R8 Spyder V10 plus includes a superb infotainment system - the MMI navigation plus with MMI touch. It features impressive and intuitive control logic with flat hierarchies. Added to this is a free text search that delivers suggested hits after only a few letters are typed in.

Standard seatbelt microphones provide for optimal audio quality, even when the top is down. In addition, the MMI navigation plus has an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot for the mobile devices of passengers.

The optional Audi connect module enables fast internet access via LTE. Its offerings include numerous services ranging from navigation with Google Earth and Google Street View to travel and traffic information as well as point-of-interest searches.

In addition, the Audi smartphone interface also displays selected content from iOS and Android smartphones in the Audi virtual cockpit.

The Bang & Olufsen sound system provides an excellent audio experience - even while driving with the top down. It integrates two head restraint loudspeakers in each seat.




Audi R8 V10 Plus


Engine 5204cc 40v V10, 602bhp @ 8250rpm, 413lb ft @ 6500rpm

Gearbox 7-speed dual-clutch

All-wheel drive 

Stats 3.2sec 0-62mph, 205mph, 287g/km CO2 

Price £137,450

Official mpg 21.9

First deliveries expected late 2017



New Audi R8 Spyder hits UK

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New Audi R8 Spyder hits UK (800x503)

The all-new Audi R8 Spyder has gone on sale, with first UK deliveries starting later on this year.

Priced from £129,990, the R8 Spyder is capable of reaching 62mph in just 3.6 seconds and will carry on to a top speed of 197mph thanks to its V10 engine producing just over 530bhp. Driving all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the R8 Spyder offers impressive traction in almost all conditions.

Despite the performance, the R8 Spyder can still return 24.1mpg, and emits 277g of C02 per kilometre.

Based on the successful R8 Coupe, the Spyder offers supercar thrills in the open air. The fully retractable cloth hood can be raised or lowered in just 20 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph. Strengthening has also been added to ensure that the Spyder remains as taught as the Coupe, coming in the form of reinforcements in the sills and windscreen frame.

This allows torsional rigidity to be increased by over 50 per cent when compared to the outgoing model.

The amount of technology incorporated in the R8 Spyder has also been increased. Now, drivers will find Audi’s Virtual Cockpit display, as well as a smartphone interface.

Drivers who wish to add something a little extra to their R8 Spyder can do so through the Sport Plus Pack, which adds variable ratio steering, adaptive damping and a sports exhaust. This features black tailpipes that help distinguish it from the standard Spyder.

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INNOVATIVE: Breathtaking performance and groundbreaking technology unite in the most powerful R8 road car ever produced by Audi

INNOVATIVE: Breathtaking performance and groundbreaking technology unite in the most powerful R8 road car ever produced by Audi

A new limited edition LMX version of the Audi R8 will not only be the most powerful road-going iteration of the super sports car ever made, but will also be notable as the first production car to adopt laser high beam lighting as standard.

The new 570PS, 198mph R8 LMX will make its UK public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 26th and will become available to order at the same time priced from £160,025 OTR. UK deliveries will begin in the autumn.

The Audi R8 LMX is based on the acclaimed V10 plus model with its high-revving, mid-mounted ten-cylinder engine, double wishbone suspension and ASF (Audi Space Frame) aluminium body.

It will be available exclusively as a coupe with a production run limited to 99 vehicles, and with 540 Nm of torque to complement its 570PS output will be capable of rocketing to 62mph from rest in just 3.4 seconds before topping out at 198mph.

INNOVATIVE: Breathtaking performance and groundbreaking technology unite in the most powerful R8 road car ever produced by Audi

INNOVATIVE: Breathtaking performance and groundbreaking technology unite in the most powerful R8 road car ever produced by Audi

Back in 2008, the Audi R8 became the first production car in the world to feature all‑LED headlights; this was followed in 2012 by dynamic indicators with a unique sweeping action.

Audi launched a new chapter in automotive lighting with the Matrix LED headlights, which debuted in the updated A8 in 2013.

Now the brand is progressing to the next stage in the R8 LMX: the laser spot for the high beams. It increases the illumination range substantially, which is ideal for a supercar like the R8 LMX.

The light emitted by laser beams before they pass through a phosphor converter is blue, and this has inspired an Audi exclusive Ara Blue, crystal effect customised paint finish for the new car.

• 5.2-litre V10 engine developing 570PS and 540Nm • 0 to 62mph in 3.4 seconds
• Top speed 198mph,
• Combined MPG 21.9, CO2 299g/km
• Priced from £160,025 OTR
• Pioneering laser high beam lighting offers twice the illumination range of all-LED headlights