Prices for the new Audi R8 V10 Spyder have been announced in the UK. At the same time a new British team has taken delivery of two LM-spec R8s to run in the FIA GT3 European Championship.

Audi UK has announced prices for the R8 V10 Spyder. The topless German model with a fully automatic lightweight fabric roof is to retail for £111,955 OTR for the manual and £117,155 OTR for the robotic R tronic. Power still comes from the 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 engine putting out a solid 525PS. It is good for a sprint time of 4.1 seconds from 0 - 62mph and tops off at 197mph.

At the same time the company said that a British LM-spec R8 will compete in the FIA GT3 European Championship. The R8 LMS is based on the road-going coupe version, and two examples have been sold to the new racing outfit United Autosports. This is the first British team to run an Audi R8 LMS car.

It features a lightweight carbon fibre body and a race-spec gearbox. The interior has been completely stripped of its luxury trim. Having debuted in 2009 and going on to win 23 races, the R8 is now considered a bargain buy that has justified its £267,000 ‘list price'.


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