R8 Spyder Revealed At New York Motor Show

The new convertible R8 has been revealed at the New York Motor Show

The new Audi R8 Spyder has been unveiled at the New York motor show. Only 0.1sec slower to 62mph than coupé, Audi claims this R8 Spyder has a 50% increase in rigidity over its predecessor.

Based around a modified version of the R8’s aluminium and carbon fibre spaceframe body structure, The R8 Spyder uses added stiffening measures within the A-pillars, windscreen surround and sills to offset its lack of a fixed roof structure.

At 4426mm in length, 1940mm in width and 1244mm in height, the new Audi is 14mm shorter and 36mm wider than the previous R8 Spyder and the same height. Despite the altered dimensions, it continues to ride on the same 1650mm wheelbase as before.

Its fully automatic roof features two tapering buttresses that extend back over the engine cover at the rear, mimicking the styling treatment of its fixed-head sibling. It opens and closes in 20 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph. The fabric structure folds beneath a dedicated tonneau cover behind the two-seat cabin when stowed. The glass rear window can also be automatically extended and retracted within the rear bulkhead.

The R8 Spyder is powered by the same mid-mounted, naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 petrol engine as the R8 with 532bhp. With a claimed kerb weight of 1612kg, this provides the new Audi with a power-to-weight ratio of 330bhp per tonne. Torque peaks at 398lb ft.

The sturdy reserves are channeled through a standard seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and electrohydraulically operated multi-plated clutch four-wheel drive system, as well as a locking differential at the rear, to all four wheels.