Driving a convertible will never be the same again with the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI Quattro. The new convertible from Audi features a lightweight construction that utterly improves the dynamics and performance of the new car. The new R8 Spyder’s core is a powerful V10 engine. Its power output is rated at 385 kW, equivalent to 525 horsepower.
This amazing power is responsible for the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI Quattro’s record-breaking acceleration. Press down to the accelerator’s limit, and you’ll experience the smooth acceleration from zero to 313 km/h or 194.49 mph in just 4.1 seconds! The new monster from Audi has all the technologies to make a truly distinctive and impressive car -- the Audi Space Frame (ASF), quattro permanent all-wheel drive, full-LED headlights, for instance, as well as an optional seatbelt microphone.
Take a look at the design for the new R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI Quattro, and you’ll be amazed. The front portion of the R8 Spyder features a chrome-and-black theme. Black is featured in the nose air inlets and front skirt lip. On the other hand, the single-frame grille and its struts have been adorned with chrome finishing. There’s even a distinctive artistic approach evident in the design of the full-LED headlights.
Reflectors cover the 24-led daytime running lights, and take on the shape of a mussel’s shell that has been cracked open. The headlights themselves are unparalleled by any other car from Audi’s competition. No other car in the market has a lighting system that is made entirely of light-emitting diodes or LEDs. The beams as well as the daytime running lights are all composed of LEDs. Even the blinking lights of turn signals have bulbs made of LEDs.
Undoubtedly bright and powerful, they are also easy on the eyes – a 6,000 Kelvin color temperature ensures that the lights are cooler than conventional headlights. They don’t consume much power and have a long service life. Lastly, the windshield frame is of a lightweight yet sturdy construction, being made of anodized aluminum. It’s time to turn your attention to the side part of the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro’s body. Badges declare to any onlooker the powerful engine under the car’s hood.
The strip between the rear lights provide onlookers a visual measurement of just how wide the R8 Spyder’s body is. Lights with dark-red coloring comprise the rear lights, exuding a light pattern that has depth, so it’s not flat-looking. The rear portion of the car also features an auto-deploying spoiler, two tailpipes and a diffuser. Customization is a prime offering on the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI Quattro. Buyers can pick one out of 11 paint finishes for the body.
The removable top as well can be customized, with three colors to choose from. The interiors of the R2 Spyder 5.2 FSI Quattro are impressive. There’s enough leg room inside the two-seater interior. The interior features a racecar-inspired sport steering wheel, and has adjustable seats to accommodate various preferences in comfort and convenience. Clearly designed for the race enthusiast, drivers have access to instruments that record lap times.
Though not made out of aluminum, the aesthetics of the pedals, the foot pedals and the optional shift paddles are made to look aluminum. Full leather upholstery is standard for the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI Quattro, together with a Bang & Olufsen standard sound system equipment. Fine Nappa leather is used as standard for the leather upholstery. A deluxe air conditioning system and seat heating are available as standard equipment as well.
As for the interior color theme, there are six choices available. The seat heating is offered together with the colored Fine Nappa leather. The seats absorb and reflect back the infrared portion of sunlight that comes in through the windshield. This results to a 20-degree reduction from the usual Celsius temperature of ordinary seats. The interior even features three storage compartments, two of which are in the rear and the front.
The front compartment can accommodate up to 100 liters of 3.53 cubic feet of luggage. On the other hand, you can choose to install a CD changer or the patented Audi music interface into one of the two rear compartments. The third compartment can then be used as a luggage area. The R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI Quattro also features an updated navigation system, which is capable of finding you the most time-saving route faster than its predecessors.
This is thanks to the MMI operating logic governing its programs. The navigation system’s interface is a 6.5-inch high-resolution display. If so desired, customers can add in a rearview camera that feeds its input to the display when activated. R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI Quattro is also the first of its kind to offer an optional seatbelt-mounted microphone. This feature will enable one to make and answer calls without having to touch their mobile devices while driving. Audio reception is guaranteed to be optimal, as three, not one, microphones are mounted into both the passenger and driver seatbelts.
This ensures that at least one of the microphones is pointed in the right direction every time a call is made or answered. There is also a fourth microphone mounted in the two side windshields. The V10 engine under the hood is worth praising as well. The engine is encased is a mostly hand-made alumimum crankcase, and mated to a six-speed manual transmission gearbox. The V10 powertrain is normally aspirated, and is capable of a torque of 530 Nm.
This translates to 390.91 pound-feet of torque, and is produced at 6,500 revolutions per minute. When the car is running at 8,000 rpm, the full 525 horsepower output of the engine is released. The engine has a power-to-displacement ratio of 100.9 hp per liter. The engine has a high rev limit as well, with 8,700 rpm rated as maximum. These all translate to an exceptional performance. As mentioned earlier, it takes only 4.1 seconds for the engine to propel the car to 100 km/h or 62.14 mph from a standstill. It also takes but 12.7 seconds to reach 200 km/h or 124.27 mph from zero. The car’s top speed has been recorded to be at 313 kilometers per hour.
The 5.2-liter V10 engine is also very fuel efficient as well, thanks to the direct fuel injection technology that it is designed around. Only 14.9 liters of fuel is consumed by the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI for every 100 kilometers that it travels, without sacrificing power and performance. Opting for the R tronic package even lowers consumption to 13.9 liters per 100 kilometers. People who are not fond of driving manual can choose to have an automatic six-speed transmission installed instead.
If they pick the R tronic package, they can make use of both a manual and automatic mode of driving. Quick gear changes are possible with the R tronic’s manual mode. For the driver’s convenience, gear changing can be accomplished through both the steering wheel paddles, or the center joystick. Startup acceleration is managed effectively through the Launch Control clutch management feature.
A rear heavy bias is used by the all-wheel drive to ensure effective distribution of power to all four wheels. When the car is cornering, stability, speed and precision are all ensured by a rear axle locking differential. This differential engages automatically when turning corners, providing better traction as well.