At the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show Audi has unveiled the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro, its new top-of-the-range model, powered by the mid-mounted V10 engine which produces 386 kW (525 hp) and launches the open-top two- seater to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.1 seconds, with top speed of 313 km/h (194.49 mph).
The lightweight soft top opens and closes fully automatically in 19 seconds; several body parts are made of a carbon fiber composite material.
Among the technical features are the Audi Space Frame (ASF), quattro permanent all-wheel drive, full-LED headlights and an innovative seatbelt microphone available as an option.
In the version with manual transmission, the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro weighs only 1,720 kg thanks primarily to its aluminum Audi Space Frame (ASF) body.
Despite reinforcements in the area of the sills, the center tunnel, the rear wall, the floor pan and the A- and B-pillars, the body weighs only 216 kilograms (476.2 lb) – just 6 kilograms (13.23 lb) more than that of the R8 Coupé.
The Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro is built by quattro GmbH at the Neckarsulm plant. The vehicle, including the ASF, is largely hand-built.
The open-top two- seater will be launched in Germany in the first quarter of 2010, with a base price of 156,400 euros.
From the official Press Release:
The air inlets in the nose, which direct air across the three radiators, and the lip of the front skirt are painted high-gloss black.
The struts in the broad, low, single-frame grille are finely coated with chrome. The standard full-LED headlights are technical works of art.
Their reflectors resemble open mussel shells; the daytime running lights appear to be a homogeneous strip, but actually comprise 24 individual LEDs that form a curve at the lower edge of the headlight.
The full-LED headlights from Audi are unmatched by its international competitors. Light-emitting diodes are used for the low beams, the high beams, the daytime running lights and the turn signals.
With a color temperature of 6,000 Kelvin, the LED light is very similar to daylight, making it easier on the eyes when driving at night. Additional strengths include excellent light distribution, long service life and extremely low energy consumption.
The side sills of the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro are broad and angular. V10 badges on the flanks allude to the power of the engine. A dark surface between the rear lights emphasizes the car’s width.
The chambers of the lights are colored dark red, with LEDs generating a three-dimensional light pattern. The exhaust system ends in two large, oval tailpipes, and the fully lined underbody ends in an upturned diffuser. The rear spoiler extends automatically at higher speeds.
Audi offers the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro with a choice of three colors for the top. The body is available in eleven paint finishes, with metallic and pearl effect finishes standard. The windshield frame is coated with anodized aluminum.
The soft top
The soft top’s approximate weight is a mere 30 kilograms (66.14 lb); it thus keeps the vehicle’s total weight and center of gravity low.
The top takes up little space when open and is a harmonious design element when closed.
It tapers off to two slim fins extending to the trailing edge of the car, emphasizing the elongated silhouette.
The electrohydraulic soft top opens and closes in 19 seconds, even while driving at speeds up to 50 km/h (31.07 mph). When opened, it folds like a Z into its storage compartment over the V10 engine.
The compartment cover opens and closes automatically. The heated glass window, which is separate from the cloth top, is lowered into the bulkhead. It can be independently raised and lowered at the press of a switch, with the top up or down.
The top, which comprises an outer skin of a leakproof textile fabric and the headliner, is fully compatible with high-speed driving.
When driving at moderate speeds with the top up, interior noise levels in the R8 Spyder are barely higher than in the Coupé.
The bulkhead includes integrated rollover protection in the form of two strong, spring-tensioned plates.
Head/thorax side bags in the backrests protect the passengers in the event of a side impact.
Full-size airbags stand at the ready in the event of a head-on collision. In a rear-end collision, the integral head restraint system reduces the risk of whiplash injuries.