Atrás do pescoço estão instalados os possantes coletores de admissão do motor V10 atmosférico, sob a cabeça apenas há espaço para o céu. O Audi R8 Spyder V10 quattro combina a proximidade com a competição e um estilo de vida exclusivo. O equilíbrio é perfeito entre estes dois fatores e resulta num automóvel desportivo de alta performance.
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No desire that's not fulfilled: the soft-top
As a high-performance sports car, the Audi R8 inevitably features a lightweight construction. The soft top of the Audi R8 Spyder V10 quattro weighs just 44 kg. It not only contributes to the excellent power to weight ratio: it also ensures a low centre of gravity, which means more stability for driving around corners. At speeds of up to 50 km/h, an electro-hydraulic system folds the soft top under a carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) cover in just 20 seconds. The rear window in the bulkhead partition can also be moved up and down at the push of a button.
V10 naturally aspirated engine: power comes from the heart
The V10 naturally aspirated engine, positioned between the axles, is at the heart of the Audi R8. The 5.2 FSI engine boosts the character of the vehicle with its unrestrained power – a maximum of 560 Nm of torque is available at 6200 revolutions per minute. Its close relationship with high-tech racing cars is evident in a variety of areas. For example, dry sump lubrication makes it possible to have a particularly low installation position – which, in turn, has a major impact on how precisely you can drive the R8 in any situation. The special ignition sequence for the 10 cylinders finally leads to an utterly characteristic sound: a throaty hissing and roaring noise. It'll be the soundtrack of your driving, particularly if you have the top down.
419 kW (570 hp) is provided by the mid-mounted engine, which lets you reach 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds. From there, there is an additional 222 km/h before you hit top speed. Along the way, you will be accompanied by a newly developed 7-speed S-tronic transmission with narrow, sporty gears and an optimised quattro drive. This ensures optimum torque distribution at every point in time, giving you a decisive advantage in terms of traction, dynamics and driving safety.
The chassis: precision from every perspective
In addition to performance, racing is always about how precisely and how directly you can replicate it on the road. A key part of the answer is the chassis: double aluminium wishbone axles guide all four wheels of the Audi R8. The Audi R8 has the driving dynamics system "Audi drive select" with four modes on board, as standard. With Audi magnetic ride, there is the option of having a damping system adapts the way the shock absorbers work to suit your driving style and the profile of the road – making changes every millisecond for each individual wheel.
The re-tuned steering assistance passes on your steering even more directly and ensures exceptionally accurate feedback from the road. The optional dynamic steering adjusts the steering angle depending on your speed, thereby ensuring extremely agile handling. Standard steel discs, perforated and ventilated, reduce momentum. Their eye-catching wave design shows just how much effort Audi has put into ensuring that the lightweight approach to the R8's construction is reflected in every detail. The brake callipers are available in black and, on request, in red, too.
Form follows fascination – the design
When closed, the soft top accentuates the athletic overall line of the Audi R8 Spyder V10 quattro, while the open-top vehicle draws attention to the powerfully accented wheel arches. They evoke from Audi's racing history, as do the flat slits above the single-frame radiator grille.
Deep horizontal lines lend the front a good deal of width and make the Audi R8 seem even more low-slung and sportier. The rear issues a final statement on the subject of sportiness with its raised diffusor and air outlet grille across its full width, along with the new, oval exhaust tailpipes. There is the option to replace the standard 19-inch wheels with redesigned milled 20-inch wheels, which are available in a dynamic design featuring 5 Vs, and a choice of three different surfaces.
Interior: focus and elegance
Its proximity to racing is also noticeable in the interior of the Audi R8: directly in front of you, a large, contoured arc visually encompasses all the controls, imitating the driver-focused design of a monoposto car. In addition, the heated sports seats are electrically and pneumatically adjustable, and upholstered in high-quality Nappa leather. For the Audi R8 Spyder V10 quattro, there are new colour combinations: pastel silver with stone-grey contrast stitching, palomino brown with steel-grey seams and black with utopia-blue stitching. Of course, there is no limit to your individual requests. Audi exclusive has a variety of colour and material combinations for you.
The Audi virtual cockpit: keep everything in view
The concept of using the interior to enable the driver to focus as much as possible on the track is extended to the digital world with the standard combination of MMI navigation plus and the Audi virtual cockpit. The entire operating concept is designed so that you can control all the important functions without having to take your hands off the wheel or look away from the road. The 12.3-inch diagonal display of the Audi virtual cockpit focuses on a tachometer. Additional values are arranged around this, such as torque, g-forces, lap times, engine and transmission oil temperatures, and tyre pressure and temperature. The MMI operating system works with intelligent speech recognition and in principle can be controlled without you needing to take your hands off the steering wheel.