Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus and McLaren 570S Spider Square Off
|   Thursday, July 06, 2017
What is the hottest super sport cabriolet launched this June? The Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus or McLaren 570S Spider? The two models were announced on the same day (June 14) and have very close performance, but with very different engines.

The Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus boasts some 10 cylinders arranged in a V. This is Audi's most powerful engine in series. It develops 610 hp at 8,250 rpm and 560 Nm torque at 6,500 rpm. There are impressive resources, considering the 5.
-liter aspirated engine.

Helped by the permanent quattro all-wheel drive and the responsive gearbox, the 7-speed S-tronic double clutch, the Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 328 km/h. These performances are also due to reduced weight by using a structure that combines aluminum with carbon fiber and reinforced plastic. Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus weighs 1,695 kg, which means that each horsepower pulls only 2.78 kg.

McLaren 570S Spider manages to win the 0 to 100 km/h startup test, stopping the timer after just 3.2 seconds. The top speed is the same as that of its Audi rival, but the British super sport promises that even with the lowered roof, the 570S Spider can push the speedometer needle to 315 km/h. McLaren also tells us the acceleration times from 0 to 200 km/h and from 0 to 400 km/h, which are 9.6 and 11 seconds, respectively. Audi communicates for the R8 Spyder V10 plus a 0 to 200 km/h time of 10.4 seconds. This difference with which McLaren wins in the sprint test is impressive, mainly because it has traction on the rear axle only.

Just like Audi’s case, McLaren has a centrally located engine, but the essential difference is that it uses a twin-turbo V8 engine with a displacement of 3.8 liters. It develops 570 hp at 7,500 rpm and 600 Nm torque from 5,000 rpm and is coupled to a 7-speed transmission.
So, even though they are proposing radically different engines, the Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus and the McLaren 570S Spider come with very close performance, and an impressive arsenal packed in extremely attractive bodies.


Can this dilemma be resolved depending on price? Audi announces a starting price fo
r the R8 Spyder V10 plus in Germany of 207,500 euros and the McLaren 570S Spider is offered in the UK at 164,750 pounds, equivalent to almost 187,000 euros.
That’s clearly a small advantage in favor of McLaren 570S Spider, but definitely not enough to tilt the balance significantly, if we consider that involved various fees and additional costs for options that are never cheap for such models.

If we reduce the duel to the figures on the paper, the McLaren 570S Spider seems to gain the rational part of the equation. But a supercar is not just the money, and the Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus also has a charisma that can warm the emotional side of each customer.

In the end, the fact is that this June we got two new super performing cabriolets, which put us in front of one of the most delicious and exciting dilemmas in the last couple of months.
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