The 2017 Audi R8 Spyder Dazzles at the NY Auto Show
When the 2017 Audi R8 coupe landed at last year’s Geneva Motor Show it wasn’t without its detractors. Some said “too angular,” others thought it didn’t push the design boundaries enough. Regardless, now its drop-top sibling has been revealed in New York, and it’s proving to be quite the looker—the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder V10. The latest addition to Audi’s lineup pairs the new R8’s sharper lines and wide body with an expansive rear deck—signature of its mid-engined layout—and an all-new electro-hydraulic cloth folding roof, which adds less than 100 pounds to the Spyder’s 3,553 pound curb weight. Audi says the roof can open and close at speeds of up to 31 mph, and takes just 20 seconds from start to stop, giving passengers a few extra miles of headroom. And they’ll want it, because the engine in the back creates quite the howl. RELATED: See More Photos of the All-New 2017 Audi R8 Spyder V10
The new R8 Spyder packs the same V10 as its coupe sister car—a 5.2-liter unit cranking out 540 horsepower and 398 lb-ft. of torque—which sets the drop-top off to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, and onto a top speed of 197 mph. For more volume, Audi supplies an optional sports exhaust pack, but for those not willing to spend, Audi says the rear window can also raise and lower independently of the folding roof.
A seven-speed dual clutch transmission funnels all those German horsepowers to the road, courtesy of Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system. Push hard and Audi says the system can funnel 100 percent of that power to either the front or rear wheels, under “extreme” circumstances of course. Keep your foot restrained and you’ll observe fuel economy of around 20.1 mpg.
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Inside, the Audi R8 Spyder dresses up with a clean, uncluttered leather interior and boasts Audi’s new “virtual cockpit” 12.3-inch screen, housed behind the steering wheel. The layout displays the typical gauge readouts you'd expect, as well as 3D graphics and a performance view that highlights torque, horsepower, oil and tire temperatures, lap times, and g-force data.
With the top down, wind noise and air turbulence are said to be drastically reduced over the outgoing model, and that’s a good thing. Audi has stuck a 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system in the Spyder to boot.
Need one? The firm has yet to announce pricing for the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder V10, however it should carry a premium over its $163,000 cousin.
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