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(from Audi Press
Release) The Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro – Breathtakingly
dynamic open-top driving
high-performance sports car with lightweight cloth top
-- Distinctive styling, carbon fiber body parts
-- Mid-mounted V10 engine producing 386 kW (525 hp) and
and breathtaking dynamism coupled with the intense sensations of
open-top driving: Audi presents the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro. Its
lightweight cloth top opens and closes fully automatically; several
body parts are made of a carbon fiber composite material.
The V10 engine produces 386 kW (525 hp) and launches the open-top
two-seater to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.1 seconds on its way to a
top speed of 313 km/h (194.49 mph). Featuring technologies such as
the Audi Space Frame (ASF), quattro permanent all-wheel drive,
full-LED headlights and with an innovative seatbelt microphone
available as an option, the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro is the new
The Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro makes a powerful statement. The
sculptured lines of the emotion-packed, high-performance sports car
are a fascinating and unique interpretation of its dynamism. Unlike
the Coupé, the Spyder does not have sideblades behind the doors. The
side panels and the large cover over the storage compartment for the
cloth top are made of a carbon fiber composite. Two arched cowls,
which extend to the spoiler lip and include large, integrated air
vents, give the rear of the open-top two-seater a powerful profile.
Like every open-top Audi, the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro has a cloth
top – an uncompromising solution for a high-performance sports car.
The soft top’s approximate weight is a mere 30 kilograms (66.14 lb);
it thus keeps the vehicle’s total weight and center of gravity low.
The top takes up little space when open and is a harmonious design
element when closed. It tapers off to two slim fins extending to the
trailing edge of the car, emphasizing the elongated silhouette.
The electrohydraulic soft top opens and closes in 19 seconds, even
while driving at speeds up to 50 km/h (31.07 mph). When opened, it
folds like a Z into its storage compartment over the V10 engine. The
compartment cover opens and closes automatically. The heated glass
window, which is separate from the cloth top, is lowered into the
bulkhead. It can be independently raised and lowered at the press of
a switch, with the top up or down. An additional net-like wind
deflector comes standard and can be latched into the bulkhead behind
the seats in two easy steps.
The top, which comprises an outer skin of a leakproof textile fabric
and the headliner, is fully compatible with high-speed driving. When
driving at moderate speeds with the top up, interior noise levels in
the R8 Spyder are barely higher than in the Coupé. The bulkhead
includes integrated rollover protection in the form of two strong,
spring-tensioned plates. Head/thorax side bags in the backrests
protect the passengers in the event of a side impact. Full-size
airbags stand at the ready in the event of a head-on collision. In a
rear-end collision, the integral head restraint system reduces the
risk of whiplash injuries.
In the version with manual transmission, the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI
quattro weighs only 1,720 kilograms thanks primarily to its aluminum
Audi Space Frame (ASF) body. Despite reinforcements in the area of
the sills, the center tunnel, the rear wall, the floor pan and the
A- and B-pillars, the body weighs only 216 kilograms (476.2 lb) –
just 6 kilograms (13.23 lb) more than that of the R8 Coupé. The high
stiffness of the ASF body, which includes an integrated engine frame
of ultra-lightweight magnesium, provides the foundation for the
car’s dynamic handling and superior safety.
Close attention to detail: the
demonstrate that the Audi designers put their hearts into the design
of the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro. The air inlets in the nose, which
direct air across the three radiators, and the lip of the front
skirt are painted high-gloss black. The struts in the broad, low,
single-frame grille are finely coated with chrome. The standard
full-LED headlights are technical works of art. Their reflectors
resemble open mussel shells; the daytime running lights appear to be
a homogeneous strip, but actually comprise 24 individual LEDs that
form a curve at the lower edge of the headlight.
The full-LED headlights from Audi are unmatched by its international
competitors. Light-emitting diodes are used for the low beams, the
high beams, the daytime running lights and the turn signals. With a
color temperature of 6,000 Kelvin, the LED light is very similar to
daylight, making it easier on the eyes when driving at night.
Additional strengths include excellent light distribution, long
service life and extremely low energy consumption.
The side sills of the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro are broad and
angular. V10 badges on the flanks allude to the power of the engine.
A dark surface between the rear lights emphasizes the car’s width.
The chambers of the lights are colored dark red, with LEDs
generating a three-dimensional light pattern. The exhaust system
ends in two large, oval tailpipes, and the fully lined underbody
ends in an upturned diffuser. The rear spoiler extends automatically
at higher speeds.
Audi offers the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro with a choice of three
colors for the top. The body is available in eleven paint finishes,
with metallic and pearl effect finishes standard. The windshield
frame is coated with anodized aluminum.
Sporty luxury: the interior
The open-top two-seater
from Audi features a generously spacious interior. The three-spoke
leather multifunction sport steering wheel is flattened at the
bottom as in a race car, and the low-mounted, electrically
adjustable seats guide and support the body perfectly.
Quality of fit and finish is extraordinary and the controls are
clear and logical. The standard driver information system includes a
lap timer for recording lap times. The instruments and the gear
lever knob feature red rings. The pedals, the footrests and the
shift paddles of the optional R tronic are in aluminum look.
Highlighting the list of standard equipment are a generous
full-leather package featuring Fine Nappa leather, an excellent
sound system from Bang & Olufsen, a deluxe automatic air
conditioning system and heated seats. Six different interior colors
Many additional fine features documents the top status of the Audi
R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro. The leather for the seats are colored
with pigments that reflect the infrared component of sunlight, which
keeps the seats up to 20 degrees Celsius cooler.
Door sill strips coated with aluminum and adorned with black satin
finish applications impart an air of luxurious sportiness. Three
storage compartments are integrated into the rear bulkhead, one of
which contains the optional CD changer or Audi music interface, if
desired. There is a front compartment for 100 liters (3.53 cu ft) of
The latest version of the navigation system plus with MMI operating
logic is also standard in the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro. It features
higher resolution and particularly fast route calculation. The
system’s most visible new feature is the high-resolution, 6.5-inch
display. The topographic view can be scrolled in any direction. The
system can be combined optionally with a rearview camera that serves
as a parking aid.
Audi offers custom extras, such as exclusive leather packages and
special inlays. A worldwide first is the optional seatbelt
microphone for the hands-free unit, which makes it possible to talk
on the phone even with the top down on the highway. Three small,
flat microphones are integrated into both seatbelts. At least one of
them is ideally positioned relative to the speaker when the belt is
on. There is a fourth microphone in the windshield frame.
Uncompromising power: the engine
The Audi R8 Spyder 5.2
FSI quattro, which was developed in cooperation with quattro GmbH,
dazzles with uncompromising performance. The V10 engine with the
aluminum crankcase, much of which is hand-built, follows in the
grand motorsports tradition at Audi. The normally aspirated engine
produces 530 Nm (390.91 lb-ft) of torque at 6,500 rpm. Peak output
of 386 kW (525 hp) is reached at 8,000 rpm, and the rev limit is not
reached until 8,700 rpm. Specific power output is 100.9 hp per liter
of displacement; each hp only needs to move 3.3 kilograms (7.28 lb)
Performance reflects this awesome potential: 0 – 100 km/h (62.14
mph) in 4.1 seconds; 0 – 200 km/h (124.27 mph) in 12.7 seconds; top
speed is 313 km/h (194.49 mph) with the six-speed manual
transmission. As load and revs increase, the engine unfolds the
rich, unmistakable Audi ten-cylinder sound – a powerful, throaty
roar with musical undertones.
The 5.2-liter engine features FSI direct fuel injection. The high
12.5:1 compression ratio that this enables contributes to the high
performance and good fuel efficiency. Equipped with a manual
transmission, the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro consumes an average of
14.9 liters of fuel per 100 km (15.79 US mpg) – a good figure given
its power. With R tronic, this figure improves to 13.9 liters (16.92
US mpg). Dry sump lubrication, another motorsports technology,
ensures that the supply of oil is maintained even at the maximum
lateral acceleration of 1.2 g.
The Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI is also available with an optional
automatic six-speed transmission. The R tronic offers a normal and a
sport program as well as a fully automatic and a manual mode. The
manual mode allows the driver to make lightning-fast gear changes
using the joystick on the center tunnel or with the paddles on the
steering wheel. The open-air sports car also comes with “Launch
Control” – a program that manages engagement of the clutch perfectly
to maximize acceleration at start.
The quattro permanent all-wheel drive features a central viscous
coupling and distributes power to all four wheels with a heavy rear
bias. It works together with the locking differential on the rear
axle to provide significantly greater traction, stability, cornering
speed and precision. It is the superior technology – in particular
for a high-performance sports car.
Dazzling performance: the chassis
The Audi R8 Spyder 5.2
FSI quattro has a 2.65-meter (8.69-ft) wheelbase and a 43:57 axle
load distribution. Like in a race car, there are double triangular
wishbones made of aluminum at all four wheels. The hydraulic
rack-and-pinion power steering conveys highly precise road contact.
The chassis is tuned for good comfort, thanks in part to standard
Audi magnetic ride technology. This uses magnetic fields in the
shock absorbers to adjust their response to road conditions within
milliseconds and adapt to the driver’s style. The driver can choose
between two base characteristics. A sports suspension with
conventional shock absorbers is available as an option.
The R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro rolls on 19-inch wheels of 10-spoke Y
design. The front rims are shod with 235/35 tires, with 295/30 tires
at the back. 305/30 tires are optionally available. The brakes offer
impressive performance: The four discs are internally ventilated and
perforated, with eight-piston calipers up front and four-piston
calipers at the back. Optionally available from Audi are oversized
carbon fiber-ceramic discs that are extremely lightweight, robust
and long-lived. The ESP stabilization system has a Sport mode and
can also be completely deactivated. The brake system includes an
assist function that facilitates starting on gradients.
The Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro is built by quattro GmbH at the
Neckarsulm plant. The vehicle, including the ASF, is largely
hand-built. The open-top two-seater will be launched in Germany in
the first quarter of 2010; sales will start in the coming days. Its
base price will be 156,400 euros.
The equipment and data specified in this document refer to the model
range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors
and omissions excepted.