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Audi R8 Spyder V8

The Audi R8 Spyder V8 is a powerful and agile super sports car yet which a surprising level of practicality. Launched with the Lamborghini V10 engine from the Gallardo the R8 Spyder now has the option of the smaller but still impressive 4.2-litre V8 engine first seen in the RS4. Like the coupe, the open-top two-seater Audi features a spacious, high-quality interior that, helped by a front luggage compartment with a useful 100 litre capacity, is genuinely comfortable and practical enough to make everyday use a pleasure rather than a chore.

When the Audi R8 lost its top many were worried that the edge would be taken off the fine handling but in fact the Spyder is not only as great to drive as the coupe it also feels more characterful and is undoubtedly more desirable. It’s all thanks to the aluminium space-frame at the heart of all R8s that provide a rigid structure with or without a roof panel.

The V8 packs plenty of punch and the weight saving (of around 60kg) over the heavier V10 helps balance the car better. There’s obviously a cost saving too and a drop in power but it’s a difference that The only disappointment is that while the sound of the V8 is still fantastic it doesn’t have the awe-inspiring tone of its big brother.

Audi R8 Spyder V8 Details

Production dates2010-current
Luggage capacity 100 litres / 3.53 cu ft
Fuel tank capacity 80 litres / 21.1 US gal
Warranty 3 years or 60,000 miles
Service intervals 9000-19,000 miles

Audi R8 Spyder V8 Specifications

Engine capacity 4163 cc
Power 430@7900 bhp
Torque 317@4500-6000 lb.ft
Transmission type 6-spd manual / R-tronic
UK retail price from £96,595
UK insurance group 20/50

Audi R8 Spyder V8 Performance

Max speed (manual) 186 mph / 299 kph
Max speed (auto) 186 mph / 299 kph
0-60mph (manual) - seconds
0-60mph (auto) - seconds
0-100kmph (manual) 4.8 seconds
0-100kmph (auto) 4.8 seconds

Audi R8 Spyder V8 Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (manual) 19.6 mpg
EU combined MPG (auto) 20.9 mpg
CO2 emissions (manual) 337 g/km
CO2 emissions (auto) 315 g/km

Information last updated

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  1. henos getachew henos getachew says:

    Can’t ask for more really a good engineering !!

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