While Audi has cancelled plans to build a diesel R8, the good news is it’s definitely going ahead with a drop-top Spyder model.
Tipped to reach dealers as early as 2011, the car will feature a full-length soft-top – maintaining Audi’s preference for lightweight fabric roofs over folding metal hoods.
Both V8 and V10 editions of the Spyder will be available, and all benefit from a full-length glass engine cover. To make the V formation stand out even more, it’s thought an optional lighting kit will be offered – allowing owners to illuminate the engine bay at the flick of a switch.
Audi has earmarked this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show for the model’s debut, but is remaining tight-lipped on prices. According to our source, the newcomer will carry a healthy price premium over the coupé, with entry-level V8s costing as much as £90,000.