After teasing us for a while with pictures and news about the new model, Audi officially has some info regarding the pricing too. According to the producers, the new 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder will cost $176,350 – and that includes the destination fees regarding of the location. Considering the prices of former models released by the company, we may say this is actually reasonable!
Now let's get to the features. The R8 Spyder shares the same engine with the R8 V10 Coupe, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. With a 5.2-liter V10 engine along with the seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission, this car is surely up for some trips! Also, let's not forget about the 540 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque, which make this new model a bit faster than the former version. As for the speed, the R8 V10 Spyder can reach 60 mph in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 198 mph. Furthermore, the soft-top, which weighs 97 pounds, can be lowered in approximately 21 seconds with a speed up to 31 mph.
If the engine is the same as the R8 V10 Coupe, another feature of the 2017 R8 V10 Spyder is unique to the model: the quattro, all-wheel drive system. Usually, when driving, most of the torque reaches the rear wheels. With this innovative system, though, 100% of the torque will be sent to the front axle, which, of course, provides a different driving experience for the user.
Now let's get to the interior.
Here, the R8 Spyder has an ASF lightweight chassis. Also, considering the high percentage of carbon fiber that was used in the construction, we may say that this model is over 50% stiffer than the former one!
For those who know the digital gauge cluster 'Virtual Cockpit,' which was initially launched in the TT models, Audi introduced an updated version here as well. As for the switches and controls, they can be best described as angular and quite futuristic, thanks to the materials used. Probably one of the most important features is that the cabin offers much more space than it may seem from the outside, while keeping the vehicle modern and elegant.