Audi R8 V10 plus: Performance at its extreme

Yet another open-top has been announced, the new, potent Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus. From its straight forward derivative, the Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus is the fastest series-production convertible model from the four-ring marque.

Its unmistakable 610 hp V10 mid-engine offers intense driving performance and powers the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. The standard performance program, R8 bucket seats and many components made from carbon fiber-reinforced polymer distinguish this high-performance sports car, with its exclusive micrommata green paint finish giving it an even more cutting-edge look.

The R8 Spyder V10 plus has an angular and athletic stance on the road. It is 4.43 meters long and 1.94 meters wide, but just 1.24 meters tall. The most distinctive element on the front is the wide and flat Singleframe grille with its gloss honeycomb mesh, chrome-plated frame and the Audi Sport emblem. Below it stretches a low-lying carbon spoiler, which directs air around the large wheels. Optional Audi laser light in the LED headlights provides farsighted vision at night. These feature distinctive illuminated, anodized blue dividers as well as the dynamic turn signals.

A continuous shoulder line spanning the flanks emphasizes the taught line of the body. The sideblades, sill trim, lid on the convertible top compartment and the fixed rear spoilers are constructed from carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP). Painted sills and rear spoiler are available on request at no extra charge. From the rear, large, glossy black trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes flank the opening of the wide diffuser, another component made from CFRP.

The softtop is made of fabric, with the substructure consisting lightweight materials like magnesium and aluminum. Consequently, the cloth top weighs just 44 kilograms and contributes significantly to the low weight and low center of gravity of the R8 Spyder V10 plus.

Inside, R8 bucket seats come standard in the top convertible model, along with decorative inlays made from carbon and stainless steel pedals and footrest. The defining element is the “monoposto”, a large arc running around the cockpit. The dashboard appears to float weightlessly. Its lower section contains buttons and controls for the air conditioning, shaped like turbines. Meantime, the standard R8 performance leather steering wheel features integrated multifunction buttons as well as two large control satellites.

The large 12.3-inch, fully digital Audi virtual cockpit presents all information using rich 3D graphics if desired, in a special performance view that puts the focus on the rev counter. It also serves as a gear shift indicator, when the seven-speed S tronic is being operated in manual mode, its scale has a color background at higher engine speeds. Next to it are indicators showing output, torque, g-forces, lap times and the temperatures of the tires, engine and transmission oil.

Relevant highlights include the complete infotainment system with MMI navigation plus and MMI touch. It features impressive and intuitive control logic with flat hierarchies. Added to this is a free text search that delivers suggested hits after only a few letters are typed in. The natural-language voice control function also recognizes many terms from everyday speech. Standard seatbelt microphones provide for optimal audio quality, even when the top is down. In addition, the MMI navigation plus has an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot for the mobile devices of passengers. At the same time, the optional Audi connect module enables fast internet access via LTE.

Audi R8 V10 plus: Performance at its extreme

Incredibly high revving up to 8,700 rpm, lightning-quick responsiveness and an awe-inspiring, voluminous sound – the V10 mid-engine is an object of fascination. With 449 kW (610 hp) and maximum torque of 560 Nm at 6,500 revolutions per minute, it is the most powerful series-production engine from the brand with the four rings. Compared with the Audi R8 Spyder V10, the plus version has a combined fuel consumption of 11.7l/100 km and CO2 emissions, 277 g/km. The naturally aspirated 5.2 FSI engine offers a high 12.7:1 compression ratio, with a 52 kW (70 hp) boost in performance. As a result, the top model sprints to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.3 seconds, 0.3 seconds faster, and achieves a top speed of 328 km/h (203.8 mph), an increase of 10 km/h (6.2 mph). Each hp only has to move 2.78 kilograms (6.1 lb).

The suspensions comprise aluminum double wishbone suspension, while the wheels and tyres are made up of 245/35 on the front, 295/35 on the back on the standard 19-inch forged aluminum wheels in five twin-spoke design (20-inch wheels, 245/30 and 305/30 tyres are optional).

The large brake discs (380 millimeter diameter in front, 356 millimeters in back) are manufactured from extremely durable, temperature-resistant and lightweight carbon fiber ceramic composite. The anthracite gray fixed calipers feature six pistons on the front axle and four in the rear.

The Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus is expected to be delivered in late second quarter of the year, with a base price of 207,500 euros.

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