The Audi R8 Spider which is due to be unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt
Motor Show is the convertible version of Audi's flagship model.
The V10 in the R8 Spider is a revised version
of the engine found in the Lamborghini Gallardo
Aside from the lack of a fixed roof there are several other
relatively significant modifications to the R8 Spider's bodywork.
The unique 'sideblades' of the R8 coupe, which were usually
in a contrasting color, have been omitted in favor of more conventional
lateral air intakes. Unfortunately these sideblades were one
of the defining features of the R8 coupe's styling and it's
a shame they couldn't somehow be incorporated into the convertible
version. But nevertheless the R8 Spider is still a very good
The engine cover has also been significantly revised. This is
due to the fact that the space behind the seats not only has
to accommodate the engine, but also the convertible top. The
raised speedster style humps which flow down behind each of
the seats incorporate cooling air vents to help extract hot
air from the engine bay.
The windscreen surround has undergone a redesign and instead
of being body colored it has an aluminium finish.
Powering the Audi R8 Spider is the V10 from the R8 V10 coupe.
This engine develops 525 horsepower and 530 Nm of torque. Power
is sent to all four wheels through Audi's quattro AWD system.
Similar and related vehicles:
Audi R8 V12 TDI
Audi R8 GT3