Photospies managed to take pictures and shoot the video of the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder supercar during the session of road tests before the world presentation.
The open-top Roadster of the new generation will challenge the McLaren 650S Spider and the Ferrari 480 Spider. In fact, the car is the improved version of the R8 V10 Coupe and the R8 V10 Plus.
According to the preliminary information, the Roadster of the 2017 year model presentation should be held at the Geneva Motor Show, in spring 2016.
The Exterior Design
As it is being expected the R8 Spyder body is different from the coupe version with a metal roof by the fabric soft top.
The appearance of the car has been considerably changed, keeping the overall silhouette of the predecessor.
The small ground clearance, rather expressive contour line of the rear, interesting vertically mounted air intakes – all these characteristics ensure the sports exterior integrity of the Audi R8 Spyder. Looking at the pictures you can appreciate the elegant design of the Roadster, which is thought out to the smallest detail.
The innovative LED daylight lamps are offered due to a delightful work of engineers. This solution reduces the strain on driver’s eyes greatly, while driving in the dark.
The Interior Features
The interior of the car has a lightweight top made of fabric with electric drive. The sport seats with high-side lateral support comfortably accommodate a person of any stature. The front A-pillars are designed to provide the driver with a maximum forward visibility.
The multi-functioned steering wheel of the Audi R8 Spyder has a soft quality leather trim. The curve-shaped front panel faces the driver. The “fashion piece” of the Spyder is the hands-free microphone, mounted in the seat belt.
The perfect hypercar is a close relative to the Lamborghini Huracan, sharing the carbon-aluminum type of chassis. Thanks to this new item the body of the novelty will be 40 % stiffer in torsion and 10 % lighter.
The enhanced 2017 R8 Spyder will get the naturally-aspirated V10 powertrain, with a capacity of 5.2 liters. The peak of his power reaches 540 HP, while the maximum torque is recorded at around 540 Nm. In Plus specification the more powerful 610 HP and 655 Nm engine will be offered for the customers. The car will accelerate up to 320 km/h.
Audi plans to increase the R8 family with the other basic lineup before the convertible version release. In its technical specifications the car will be equipped with six-cylinder engine, producing 600-horsepower, and a diesel power unit.
Also it is considered to implement a plug-in hybrid petrol engine, but the effectiveness and correctness of the proposal are seriously negotiated at the moment. The info referring to the interior or dynamic performance of the final version is yet unavailable.
Ronald Schala (the Audi R8 technical lead) stated that the production process of supercars was very flexible and relative, allowing to design additional versions of cars like the GT, the Superleggera as well as the Clubsport.
It should be recalled that in November of this year the manufacturer of Audi started to accept applications for the R8 model of the second generation, the fastest series car ever for the whole period of the Germany brand existence.
The domestic market will be supplied with the supercharged version of the R8 V10 Plus. The price tag on the car starts with a mark of $150 000. The press service of the company reports that the first batch of these models will appear in USA in the end of the next year.