Our spy photographers have managed to catch Audi’s new R8 V10 Spider undergoing high performance testing on Germany’s famous Nürburgring.

Our spy photographers have managed to catch Audi's new R8 Spider undergoing high performance testing on Germany's famous Nürburgring.

The highly anticipated roadster will be offered with a choice of either the standard 4.2 liter V8 engine boasting 420hp or the more potent 5.2-liter V10 engine with 525 hp and 530 Nm (391 lb-ft) of torque. On this ocassion, our spy photographer has caught the latter of these two options.

Considering that the R8 V10 coupe runs from 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 196 mph (315 km/h), we can assume the R8 V10 Spider will offer a 0-100 km/h time of about 4.1 seconds and a top speed in excess of 185 mph (297 km/h).

Like the coupe, the R8 V10 Spider boasts unique styling cues which help to differentiate it from the more plebian V8 powered R8 Spider. Key design elements of this exclusive model include LED headlights, a more aggressive rear diffuser, larger exhaust tips, and a chromed grille.

Look for the R8 Spider to be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

 

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