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Fastest ever series-production Audi convertible joins the R8 lineup

The most powerful Audi engine ever destined for series production is about to raise the tempo in what is already one of the most intoxicating driving machines offered by the brand – the open-air, high-intensity R8 Spyder is to adopt the gloriously vocal 593bhp V10 from the R8 V10 Plus Coupe. The new R8 Spyder V10 Plus is capable of 0-100km/h in a mere 3.3 seconds and a top speed in excess of 322km/h.

Behind the V10 there is a seven-speed S tronic transmission with lightning-fast action. The dual-clutch transmission, with its short transmission ratio, sends power to the quattro drive system in the front axle via a cardan shaft. Its key component is an electro-hydraulically activated multi-plate clutch. It is water-cooled for maximum performance.

Management of the clutch is integrated in the Audi drive select dynamic driving system, which gives the driver a choice between Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual modes. The standard performance mode includes the programmes dry, wet and snow. They adapt the characteristics of the drive system and suspension to the friction coefficient of the road.

The exterior skin of the new R8 Spyder V10 Plus’ cloth top is fabric, the substructure is primarily made from lightweight materials like magnesium and aluminium. Consequently, the cloth top weighs just 44kg and contributes significantly to the low weight and low centre of gravity of the R8 Spyder V10 Plus. Two fins running to the rear tighten the top. An electrohydraulic drive takes 20 seconds to open or close the top, even while driving at speeds up to 50km/h. Folded in a Z-shape, it is housed in a flat storage compartment over the engine.

The rear window is sunk into the bulkhead and can be retracted and extended electrically. With all of the windows closed and the optional wind deflector installed, the wind passes gently over the driver and passenger.

Highlights include R8 bucket seats, liberally applied carbon fibre-reinforced polymer components inside and out, ceramic brakes, the R8-specific Audi Virtual Cockpit and the option of an exclusive micrommata green paint finish for an even more cutting-edge look.

“The Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus completes the R8 model line. It benefits from our many years of experience in motorsport and combines breathtaking dynamics with the emotion of an open-top sports car,” said Stephan Winkelmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH.