The New York International Auto Show has offered ticketholders a first glimpse of the illustrious R8 Spyder. The intensely sporty model is even more powerful and speedy than its predecessors, with exceptional handling and 50% improvement in torsional rigidity.
The V10 engine stampedes from 0 to 62mph in a spine-tingling 3.6 seconds, with the Audi Space Frame - made of lightweight aluminium and carbon fibre - cutting out any unnecessary drag. A cloth hood, tapering into two fins, adds to the dramatic aerodynamic look of the high-performance R8, making an unmistakable impression on the road.
An all-wheel quattro drive system is watercooled for maximum output, with drive torques distributed in variation depending on circumstances, with the ability to put up to 100% on the front or rear wheels if required.
Driver-orientated controls allow for complete focus on the road, with satellite push-opens operated without ever having to remove hands from the steering wheel. A 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit also presents information in lucid 3D graphics, with an optional performance mode displaying dynamics information.
The R8 is Audi’s first model to integrate a highly-practical smartphone interface, and also offers a crystal-clear audio experience via a full set of Bang & Olufsen speakers, including mounts in the headrest for all-encompassing sound.
Available to order in the UK from late Spring, the first Audi R8 Spyders are due to hit the road at the end of 2016.
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