Even though the publicity has somewhat died down, the Audi R8 may still be one of the hottest entries in the sports-car arena. Coming with a spectacular mid-engine magnitude, it remains a striking sight on the street, but waiting lists have been significantly reduced in size in many locations, thus, in its native Germany, an R8 can now be acquitted in as little as two to three month.
Three years after the coupe's premiere, Audi wants to power up the excitement again, and so expect the long-talked about convertible variant, which may employ the Spyder mark, although the name is not yet decided, to be available on the market in Europe in the fall of 2009. The top-down will not be available prior to the 2010 calendar year in the U.S., where dealers are still tied down allocating coupes. Talks about the R8 convertible coming with a targa-style roof can safely be rejected as the latest spy shots have demonstrated that it will get a power-operated canvass top.
Distinctly sharing a good number of lines with the coupe, the open-air variant however loses the "side blades," which guises the coupe's significant length and provides interesting effect when finished in color contrasts or carbon fiber. The inside, which utilizes numerous components borrowed from the TT bin nevertheless manages to look lively and classy, will be brought over from the coupe practically unchanged, and so also the trim and chassis configuration. Even the engines are also shared. Although the 420 hp V8 will be the typical engine in the convertible, most buyers are anticipated to choose the 5.2-liter V-10, which will premiere in the R8 coupe at the Detroit Auto Dhow in January 2009.
It will produce 520 hp and generate 398 lb-ft of torque, an essential improvement in a competitive atmosphere where the V8's 420 hp and 317 lb-ft are just not enough. Although Audi announced that both engines will be sold side by side, it will not be a surprise to see the V8 go away at a later time. On the street, the V10 is distinct from the V8's small, quadruple tailpipes by its wider double pipes.
Their sound also helps them to be easily recognized. The Audi R8 shares its design with the Lamborghini Gallardo, and with the most current improvements to the Gallardo LP560-4, Lamborghini has replaced its own engine architecture to an engine on an Audi-based configuration. Nonetheless, neither Audi nor Lamborghini are anxious that the more agile R8 would take away sales from the Gallardo. Certainly, the R8 is an easy-to-use, everyday sports car; by comparison, the pleasure derived from a Lamborghini, apart from it self-absorbed quality, occasionally takes on a slightly masochistic trait.