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    AUDI R8 SPYDER / #Audi-R8-Spyder

    The roof may have gone, but the magic is still there – the new #Audi-R8-Spyder is a truly impressive machine…

    The all-new R8 has been greeted with critical acclaim. It’s dripping with the latest technology, stunningly beautiful to look at and boasts a V10 engine that offers spine tingling performance, as well as a sensational sound track. No surprise, then, that orders have been strong for the Audi supercar. While the Coupe has been going great guns, many have held back, waiting to see the Spyder. Would the loss of the roof dilute the R8’s winning formula? Not on your life.


    Unveiled at the prestigious #2016-New-York-Motor-Show , the #Audi-R8-Mk2 Spyder is another triumph for Audi.

    Let’s begin with the aesthetics. With the hood down, the R8 is a very good-looking machine. The flowing lines, enhanced by the deep, wide flanks look great from every angle. The hood itself has been designed to taper into two fins, to maintain the shape of the #Audi-R8 . An electro-hydraulic system opens the lightweight hood in just 20 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph. Like the Coupe, the glass engine cover has gone and is replaced by a panel featuring cooling vents for the mighty V10. Matrix LED headlights come as standard, while laser lighting technology is available as an option.

    19in alloys are standard while 20s can be specified along with carbon ceramic brakes. The chassis benefits from the class leading quattro drive system and four modes are available, Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual. The system draws on the s-tronic, steering, exhaust flap control and control of the optional magnetic damping system. The optional Performance steering wheel offers three further settings, Wet, Dry and Snow for the ultimate in personalising the set up according to conditions.

    The Spyder weighs in at just 1,612kg (dry), giving an impressive power to weight figure of 310PS per ton. This has been achieved using the super-stiff and lightweight Audi Space Frame (ASF), a blend of aluminium and carbon fibre.

    One of the real treats with any ‘soft top’, of course, is the ability to hear the engine properly. And engines don’t come much better than the naturally aspirated 5.2 V10 nestled behind the driver. This 532bhp and 540Nm free-revving unit emits a highly sonorous bark that wills you to prod the throttle more and more. With the roof down, you get to hear every note as you explore the V10’s capabilities. From a meaty, but unobtrusive burble at idle, through to a screaming crescendo when you near the limiter, the fantastic noise is amplified in the Spyder. The V10 is truly one of the great powerplants and so well matched to the R8’s dynamically impressive chassis. Top speed is a heady 197mph, with 0-62mph achievable in just 3.6secs.

    A more powerful Spyder Plus is expected to be unveiled later in the year, offering the same 601bhp and associated upgrades as the Coupe Plus. Inside, the Spyder features the same high-quality, driver focussed cabin and controls as the Coupe. The driver may control important functions via the new Sport or Performance steering wheel. This includes the engine start stop button and Audi Drive Select for altering the engine dynamics.


    The #Audi-Virtual-Cockpit comes as standard with a 12.3in display allowing three screens to be set – classic, infotainment or performance. Add to this touchscreen #MMI navigation plus, and the brand new smartphone interface, which allows selected smartphone content to be displayed in the virtual cockpit. A new B&O sound system with 13 speakers, including two in each head restraint offer amazing sound.


    Sports seats come as standard, but a diamondstitched pattern is an option, while bucket seats may also be specified.

    A brand new colour is available especially for the Spyder, Argus brown, matt, together with five other finishes, including the vivid yellow of the car pictured. Orders are open from late spring, with the first UK deliveries scheduled for late 2016. Prices are yet to be announced, but we’d expect around a £10,000 premium over the Coupe, which starts at £119,500. One thing’s for sure, Audi has absolutely nailed it with the new R8 Spyder – we love it.

    SPECIFICATION 2016 #Audi-R8-Spyder / #Audi-R8-Spyder-V10-Plus / #Audi / #Audi-R8-Mk2 / #Audi-R8-Spyder-Mk2
    Engine 5.2 #FSI #V10
    Power 532bhp and 540Nm
    Transmission #S-tronic gearbox, quattro drive
    Weight 1,612kg (dry)
    Top speed 197mph
    0-62mph 3.6sec
    Price TBC
    On sale Available to order Spring 2016

    Top: Angular front end looks fantastic. Right: Diamond-stitched seats are an option Middle: Looks great with the hood up.

    “THE R8 SPYDER IS A VERY GOOD LOOKING MACHINE”
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    Debonair Audi R8 V10 with Mansory goodies

    Cover Car / #Mansory / #Audi-R8-V10-Mansory / #Audi-R8-Mansory / #Audi-R8-V10-Typ-42 / #Audi-R8-Typ-42 / #Audi-Typ-42 / #Audi-R8-V10-Mansory-Typ-42 /

    Text: Faz&Furiouz
    Photos: Kenny Yeoh
    Model: Chelsea Chil

    There are not too many cars that have made it to production that bore an uncanny resemblance to its concept car perpetrator. How many times have we seen such gorgeously penned artistic rendition, with their sleek lines, ultra large wheels and ultra thin rubbers ended up being paired down more like, looking at best, only a passing likeness to the concept it was derived from. So to have the Le Mans Quattro Concept (back 2003) made into the R8 (in 2006) without so much as a body panel being changed was quite something.


    Quite something indeed, not that it is germane to our matter at hand here but still, the R8’s concept-turned-production genesis had hitherto being proven a stellar success for Audi AG, being among the most popular performance car pretty much in every major car market ours included.

    And of course, they’re pretty big in the tuning scene as well. Utilizing the wonders of Google and you’d see a huge array of aftermarket options for the R8, along with the subsequent tuners and brands. Another key indicator is the R8’s exploits in motor racing which covers not only Europe and Asia but other regions as well.

    Inasmuch as the R8 has evolved into a bonafide legend in its class, with its brilliant run of successes in GT Championships the world over, it is still the production car that makes enthusiasts and even ‘regular’ car folks all flipped up and over, whenever they rumbled pass, or when one is spotted. Little wonder than that Mr. Tony Stark himself, despite having the means to get pretty much any megabucks exotics, chose instead the R8 – both the first and its successor. And yeah I know, the man is a figment of the imagination, unadulterated fiction manifested into cinematic reality. But then again, it is Hollywood after all, and with the global market that Hollywood’s box office flicks catered to, the perpetual hype that a big budget super hero movie entails inasmuch, and its association with Audi was indeed quite a statement and a tribute to consumerism and capitalism.



    Anyway, right here and right now our collective focus falls upon this here 2010 model R8, the Audi R8 Coupe 5.2 FSI Quattro to be exact. Now this car has quite a history of close collaboration with Hypertune. If you recall like a couple of issues back it made an appearance as a matted out black R8 resplendent with quite a considerable selection of Mansory performance and styling products. Now moving forward the ownership of that very same ride has changed and seeing as the new owner is pretty much the same ilk as the previous one, he’d then gone about doing it up for quite a bit, and this fine looking ride is the end result.

    Before I rattle on and on waxing lyrical about the finer personalization that our man had showered upon his exceptional R8, perhaps I could interest you on this preemptive ‘detour’ as per the R8’s place of birth. Well, it is no secret really since we’re all ‘connected’ pretty much 24-7 that we’d still have our squinting eyes fixated upon our handheld devices when we’re relieving ourselves even (a ‘masterstroke’ of progress perhaps). Anyway, as per the R8’s origin, it is not Ingolstadt but Neckarsulm – Quattro GmbH’s state of the art 3,500 square meters plant, which the R8 and its numerous variants and versions shares with Audi’s RS models. Fancy that? Consider how important the R8 is for Audi as a global automotive powerhouse that they’ve invested quite a bit of capital on such facilities. To think that before the R8 came to being, there were those who’d voiced some ‘concerns’ that Audi does not have the conviction as such to produce such superlative performance cars.

    Well that notion has been put to rest the moment the first production R8 rolled out of Neckarsulm back in 2006. That first Audi R8 powered by the brutish 414 hp 4.2 FSI V8 and mated to the benchmark Quattro powertrain registered some truly super performance figures – 4.6 seconds naught to sixty mph, 301 km/h, with handling to match. And of course, the sensational ‘digital age’ looks. Few cars can match the R8 for visual gratification, and even now after a number of aesthetic revisions the original silhouette remained unaltered, as is the imposing façade.

    And that very same DNA resides within this quite spectacular 2010 example. After some four years in production some ‘transplanted’ Lamborghini elements were put in place – the Gallardo LP560-4 derived 5.2 liter V10. Nestled longitudinally mid-ship the normally aspirated 5,204 cc Odd firing V10 40 valve DOHC with some 518 hp at 8000rpm and 391 foot pounds of torque at 6500rpm, takes the standard car through a swift, pretty darn quick 3.7 seconds century sprint, 11.5 secs quarter mile, 196mph max speed. With the APR Direct Port Program, Quicksilver exhaust and Carbonio intake, we’d reckon some pretty major readjustments as per the above figures are required. Telltale hint is that APR tuning program which had been known to yield some incredibly huge horsepower and torque gains.

    With that sorted now we’ve come upon the remarkably done up aesthetics of this APRprepped R8 5.2 FSI V10. The Mansory exterior carbon fiber components (bonnet, front blade, side sigma, rear side mirror, dry carbon side blades) were carried over for the most part from the previous owner, and added on to that were the carbon spoiler, front lip and rear diffuser from the R8 GT. The gorgeous black finish is made even more gorgeous with that final touch – the 19” Y DESIGN alloys. Behind that reside the standard brakes, equipped with aftermarket racing brake pads from Endless.

    Inside the trademark R8 interior (voted as among the best interior recently) has a Mansory carbon interior trim, along with fine Nappa leather, Alcantara head lining, Contour sport steering wheel, Bang & Olufsen sound system along with numerous multimedia gadgets inasmuch. All in all a fine piece of modified R8.


    TECHNICAL DATA Hyperfacts!

    Car: #Audi-R8-Spyder-V10-5.2-FSI-Quattro / #Audi-R8-Spyder / #Audi-R8-Spyder-V10 / #Audi-R8-V10 / #Audi-R8 / #Audi /

    Engine Modifications: 5.2 #V10 #FSI #Quattro , #APR-Direct-Port-Programming / #Quicksilver Titan Supersport Exhaust system ( #AU230T ), Carbonio Carbon intake

    Transmission: 6-speed #R-tronic automatic transmission

    Suspension: standard

    Brakes: standard, Endless racing brake pads

    Wheels & Tyres: 19” 10-spokes #Y-Design A/W

    Interior: Fine Nappa leather, Alcantara head lining, Contour 3 spoke leather sport steering, multimedia music interface, multifunction steering wheel, electric seat with lumbar adjustments, Audi parking system plus, reverse camera, CD changer, mobile telephone via Bluetooth, Bang & Olufsen sound system, Mansory racing pedals, Mansory carbon interior

    Exterior: Mansory carbon bonnet, #Mansory carbon fuel cap, Mansory carbon a pillar, Mansory carbon front blade, Mansory side sigma, Mansory rear side mirror
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