Audi is introducing the R8 Spyder V10 model at the New York Auto Show that opens its doors for visitors on 25 March
Following the fully revealing spy photos from earlier this month, we now have all the details and official images of the R8 Spyder V10 to share. Audi is trying to keep the weight of the car as low as possible so it has decided to use a lightweight cloth top that is controlled by an electro-hydraulic mechanism. It opens and closes the top in 20 seconds up to a speed of 31 miles per hour (50 kilometers per hour). Thanks to the cloth material, the vehicle weighs 3,553 pounds (1,612 kilograms).
Power comes from the familiar 5.2-liter V10 naturally aspirated petrol engine that generates 540 horsepower (397 kilowatts) and 398 pound feet (540 newton meters) of torque at 6,500 rpm. These figures provide a 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) acceleration in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 197.6 mph (318 km/h).
Seeking better fuel efficiency, the Germans have installed a freewheeling mode, where the R8 coasts with the engine decoupled. As a result, the convertible consumes 20.1 US miles per gallon (11.7 liters per 100 kilometers) with corresponding CO2 emissions of 277 grams per kilometer.
The V10 engine channels its power to all four wheels through a seven-speed automatic gearbox with two clutches and the company’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. It can operate in four modes controlled by the Audi drive select system.