Here they are! The first shots of the open top Audi R8 snapped by our resident spy photographer at Carpix and even better is the lack of camoflage on this virtually undisguised prototype.

Here they are! The first shots of the open top Audi R8 snapped by our resident spy photographer at Carpix and even better is the lack of camoflage on this virtually undisguised prototype.

Speculation is still rife on the actual label the new R8 variant will carry, Targa, Convertible/Cabriolet and Spider have been thrown about. Previous rumours surrounding the confirmation of the model stated it will be called Targa and seeing as this prototype's only covered area resides behind the rear seats – Targa is what we will stick with.

We can all but confirm the 420hp 4.2-liter FSI engine found in the currently-on-sale coupe version will make its way to the Targa, but check out those exhausts pipes on the spotted prototype! They mimic the pipes seen on V10 prototypes, confirming to us that we will also get an open-top variant of the as yet unreleased Audi R8 V10.

Unveiling of the Audi R8 Targa is expected at the Geneva Motor Show next March.

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