Motorsport Carbon Fiber Engine Cover with Aluminum Optic Engine Vents and Rear Body Panels-inspired Design
Nestled under a carbon fiber reinforced polymer cover, the R8 Spyder features Aluminum Optic engine vents and rear body panels. With its exclusive aesthetic and bold design, these exclusive design features distinguish the R8 from everything else on the road while highlighting the performance characteristics of the vehicle.
Full LED Lighting
The R8 is the world’s first series-production vehicle to offer an available full LED headlight system. High beam, low beam, daytime running lights, mirror-housed turn signals and taillights all offer brilliant, unmistakable illumination. The R8 features a total of 24 LED daytime running lights, symbolic of Audi victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Performance-ready Acoustic Top
Although the R8 Spyder is a convertible, it’s still very much designed for speed. In fact, the specially designed Acoustic top incorporates three-layers of insulation comparable to a traditional hard top. This means the R8 Spyder is capable of reaching the 195 MPH top speed without hesitation. In addition, the top is capable of retracting in 19 seconds at speeds up to 31 MPH.
Race-inspired Driver-oriented Cockpit Design
The entire cockpit (monoposto) of the R8 Spyder is tilted toward the driver for maximum performance from both the car and the driver.
The quality of materials and craftsmanship of the R8 interior is highlighted by refined Micrometallic inlays that extend throughout the cockpit.
Carbon Fiber Sigma Interior Inlays
The use of Carbon Fiber Sigma Interior Inlays creates a performance-driven look to the interior of the R8 Spyder.
Race-inspired Steering Wheel with Shift Paddles
The race-inspired, lightweight, magnesium, three-spoke, leather-wrapped design has a performance look and feel that includes R tronic shift paddles [on vehicles equipped with R tronic transmission] for quick gear changes. The multifunction steering wheel provides easy access to MMI®-inspired logic control for CD, radio, navigation and voice control functions.
5.2 Liter V10 Engine
At the heart of the R8 Spyder 5.2 is the soul stirring 525 hp 5.2 FSI V10 engine. The V10 screams to an astronomical 8700 rpm and propels the R8 Spyder 5.2 to 60 mph in only 4.0 seconds on the way up to a top track speed of 194 mph. As part of a race-bred mid-engine design that contributes to superb handling dynamics, the 5.2 V10 produces 101hp/liter and features race winning technology such as FSI direct injection and a dry sump lubrication system that assures engine lubrication under the most demanding driving situations. It is no wonder then, that this same engine is used in the R8 LMS GT3 race car.
Six-speed R tronic Transmission
An automated six-speed manual gearbox combines the control of a manual gearbox with the advantages of an automatic.
Shifting is performed with the joystick gear lever or with manual shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel. A sport mode shift program further accentuates motorsport oriented gear shifting.
quattro® All-wheel Drive
As a true supercar the R8 not only offers blistering speed but awe-inspiring handling. Featuring the legendary quattro® all-wheel drive system, the R8 inspires driver confidence, giving you traction when you need it, where you need it, regardless of road conditions. To accommodate the extreme performance of the R8, quattro® utilizes a continuously variable torque distribution, dynamically adjusting power to the wheels with the best traction. With a significant 85% rear torque bias and up to 30% available for the front wheels as needed, this highly specialized quattro® system provides the R8 with a balanced driving experience unlike any car on the road.
4.2 Liter V8 Engine
The soul of the R8 Spyder 4.2 is the adrenaline inducing 430 hp 4.2 FSI V8 engine. The V8 engine produces 316 lb-ft of torque and rockets from 0 to 60 mph in only 4.6 seconds to a top track speed of 186 mph. As part of a race-bred mid-engine design that contributes to superb handling dynamics, the 4.2 V8 features race winning technology such as FSI direct injection, sodium-cooled exhaust valves and is setup for a high-revving 8250 rpm.
FSI® Direct Injection
Audi Fuel Stratified Injection, or FSI®, offers the benefits of increased performance and fuel efficiency. FSI direct injection delivers a precise amount of fuel directly into the engine cylinders as opposed to the engine intake runners. This advanced process helps ensure a more complete combustion, thereby diminishing waste and increasing power.
Additionally, the specially designed piston heads compress the fuel-air mixture in a spiraling motion, creating the most efficient combustion possible. Making the most of these technologies allows for greater efficiency in the combustion process.
Dry Sump Lubrication
A dry sump is an exclusive oil system in development as a racing application that uses a secondary external reservoir for oil, as compared to a conventional oil system.
Dry sump lubrication offers many advantages in the R8. For instance, under heavy acceleration or cornering, the vehicle’s powertrain components stay in place and continue to receive lubrication, guaranteeing an even and constant supply of oil. Also, the large reservoir offers increased oil capacity, which ensures cool oil temperatures for consistent performance.
Advanced Braking System
The R8 boasts a braking system designed to match its impressive power output. The system features a 14.4” front rotor with eight pistons and a 14” rear rotor with four pistons. The brakes are internally vented and cross-drilled to increase airflow and cooling, which prevents brake fade for faster stopping. The front brakes include a total of eight pistons which offers high clamp force for fast, powerful braking.
Audi Magnetic Ride
With thousands of miles logged on the world’s most grueling test circuit, the North Loop of the Nürburgring, the suspension system of the R8 is further enhanced with Audi magnetic ride, which offers instantaneous driver control at the touch of a button. By utilizing an advanced magnetically charged fluid whose viscosity continuously adapts to driving dynamics and can be controlled electromagnetically, the driver can select from ‘Normal’ or ‘Sport’ modes to customize the R8 ride and handling. The result is improved driving dynamics, reduced body movement, better road handling and enhanced overall ride comfort.
The R8 is built with the revolutionary Audi Space Frame [ASF®] chassis, a technology Audi invented, and has spent more than a decade mastering. The framework of an ASF body consists of extruded aluminum sections and pressure castings. The aluminum chassis and sheet metal are just as strong as steel, but lighter to boost performance and efficiency. The frame carries the sheet aluminum elements, such as the roof panel, which helps withstand loads on the body. The elements of ASF are varied in shape and cross-section, depending on the tasks they have to perform. Like the bones of a human skeleton, they combine optimal function with low weight. The result of ASF technology is a frame that is lightweight yet extremely strong, which delivers high torsional rigidity and optimal performance.
Assembled By Hand
Nothing about the R8 Spyder is ordinary. The same goes for the way the vehicle is built. Each R8 Spyder is assembled by the hands of a highly skilled Audi technician, which has proven to be the ideal tool for creating a maximum of 20 works of art a day.
Driver information system with Lap-timer
The driver information system located in the middle of the instrument cluster offers the driver an eyes forward display of pertinent information such as current MPG status, navigation directions, estimated time and distance to destination, a lap timer as well as allowing you to scroll through your phone book, CD menu and radio presets.
Audi Navigation System plus with Real-time Traffic
The DVD-based Audi Navigation system plus features a full-color 6.5” LCD screen and MMI®-inspired control logic for AM/FM and SIRIUS Radio® functions, real-time traffic, a six-CD changer in the glove box or iPod® integration through Audi Music Interface, and two SD® card slots for your MP3 music. Navigation information is given as audible route-guidance prompts and turn arrows via the color driver information system as well as a detailed color map on the main screen; five languages are available.
Audi Parking System plus with Rearview Camera
The rearview camera offers a real-time view of the rear parking area, while the front and rear ultrasonic parking sensors measure the distance to the nearest objects and intermittent audible tones indicate the distance to the driver.
Bang & Olufsen® Sound System
The standard Bang & Olufsen Sound System includes 12 speakers with 465 digitally amplified watts and surround sound reproduction. The microphone-based noise compensation ensures optimum sound under varying road conditions and speeds.
BLUETOOTH® with Seatbelt Microphone
The advanced technology of the Audi R8 Spyder allows you to conveniently access many features on your BLUETOOTH®-enabled phone via the MMI® operating system or convenient voice control, allowing for easy, intuitive, hands-free communication. The system is also the first to include a seatbelt microphone, which delivers the best possible sound even at highway speeds with the top down.
Fine Nappa Leather
Seats and other elements finished in available Fine Nappa leather create a comfortable, supportive and luxurious experience no matter how long or short the trip may be.
Thermal Resistant Leather
The R8 Spyder features exclusively designed thermal resistant leather, which ensures seat temperature no greater than 68º F even in direct sunlight.