Skip advert
Advertisement

New Audi R8 Spyder prices and specs revealed

Audi R8 Spyder goes from 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds, but it'll cost you £129,990

We first saw the Audi R8 Spyder at the New York Motor Show back in March, then in the UK for the first time at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed, but now we've got full pricing information on the drop-top supercar.

The R8 Spyder costs from £129,990 and will hit dealerships from late 2016. Standard kit includes Audi's driving mode selector, multi-function leather steering wheel and a 12.3-inch digital display instead of dials that Audi calls its Virtual Cockpit. 

Advertisement - Article continues below

• 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Audi connect is also standard, bringing a host of connectivity options, plus smartphone integration for iOS and Android phones. There's a Bang & Olufsen Sound System on the options list that plays through the headrests, plus carbon detailing, LED headlights and the Sport Plus Pack that adds more dynamic steering, adaptive dampers and a sportier exhaust note.

As you’d expect the R8 Spyder shares much of its exterior design with the fixed-roof Coupe, save for a few big tweaks. That means it gets the same gaping grille and sharp headlights, as well as identical gills in the bumper and bodywork.

Down the side you’ll notice the same subtle V10 badges, as well as the recognisable carbon air scoop. The rear haunches are notably different, though, with a long, wide deck housing the folding fabric roof.

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement - Article continues below

Like the outgoing R8 Spyder, the drop-top gets rid of the glass panel above the engine from the Coupe and adds extra cooling vents to the extended rear panel. The fabric roof itself is very similar in design to the old car, with two buttresses on either side extending back onto the engine bay and a vertical rear window that retracts when the roof is lowered.

Advertisement - Article continues below

That cloth roof weighs just 44kg, and can open and close at up to 31mph in 20 seconds. Audi is claiming air turbulence has been reduced, with road and wind noise "much lower" than the old R8 Spyder. A synthetic textile wind deflector helps to reduce airflow around the head by around 90 per cent. 

The whole car weighs 1,612kg dry, which is claimed to be 113kg lighter than the previous R8 Spyder thanks to the carbon-fibre reinforced spaceframe and additional stiffening to the A-pillar and sills. The kerbweight is estimated to be around 1,720kg, about 125kg more than the coupe. Torsional rigidity has improved by 50 per cent over the previous model.

With the same 5.2-litre V10 as the hard-top pumping out 532bhp and 540Nm of torque, mated to the S-Tronic dual clutch autobox, this means the R8 Spyder can shoot from 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds. That's one-tenth down on the standard R8, with a top speed of 198mph just 1mph less than the coupe.

Claimed fuel economy is 10 per cent better than the previous Spyder, at 24.1mpg. CO2 emissions stand at 277g/km. We expect a more powerful 'plus' version of the R8 Spyder to debut towards the end of this year with 601bhp.

• Best sports cars on the market

Like the Coupe, it features the TT’s Virtual Cockpit display inside, with no central screen. The same big red starter button sits on the flat-bottomed steering wheel, while the heater controls are placed below the dash-mounted air vents. 

Check out our full review of the new Audi R8 hard-top here...

Skip advert
Advertisement
Deputy editor

Richard has been part of the team for over a decade. During this time he has covered a huge amount of news and reviews for Auto Express, as well as being the face of Carbuyer and DrivingElectric on Youtube. In his current role as deputy editor, he is now responsible for keeping our content flowing and managing our team of talented writers.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

Kia EV9 named World Car of the Year 2024
Kia EV9 Air - front static
News

Kia EV9 named World Car of the Year 2024

It was more Korean success in the World Car of the Year awards this time, both Kia and Hyundai claimed wins alongside BMW, Volvo and Toyota.
27 Mar 2024
Fiery hot Genesis GV60 Magma Concept launches new name in EV performance
Genesis GV60 Magma Concept - front reveal
News

Fiery hot Genesis GV60 Magma Concept launches new name in EV performance

The GV60 Magma Concept will spawn a hot production car that will come to the UK
26 Mar 2024

Most Popular

New Kia EV3 is a £30k electric car with a 372-mile range
Kia EV3 - front
News

New Kia EV3 is a £30k electric car with a 372-mile range

Kia expands its electric line up with the EV3 – taking plenty of inspiration from the flagship EV9
23 May 2024
Citroen C3 review
Citroen e-C3 - front
In-depth reviews

Citroen C3 review

A clever rethink of the small, affordable car theme, the C3 and its all-electric e-C3 twin have the potential to really shake up the market
22 May 2024
New 2024 Nissan Qashqai prices and specs announced as family SUV war heats up
Nissan Qashqai reveal - full front
News

New 2024 Nissan Qashqai prices and specs announced as family SUV war heats up

The start price for the Nissan Qashqai has increased by £3,000 due to the loss of the old entry-level Visia trim
24 May 2024