The second-gen Audi R8 V10 Spyder first made its debut at last year's New York Auto Show, where it was offered with a 540hp V10, not the 610hp version found in the R8 V10 Plus coupe. Now, what better way to experience summer driving season than enjoying it with the newly revealed fastest series production convertible ever coming from Audi, the R8 Spyder V10 Plus.
Akin to its fixed metal roof predecessor, the soft-top Spyder Plus is armed with Ingolstadt's most potent series-production engine, a naturally aspirated 5.2 L V10 that produces 610hp (449 kW) and 413 lb-ft (560 Newton-meters) of torque. Made possible due to a boost in power compared to the non-Plus model, the German marque's range topping convertible can zoom from 0-62 mph (0-100 kph), needing only 3.3 seconds, thus it is three tenths of a second faster compared to the non-Plus model. The Spyder R8 Convertible's top speed increased by 6 mph (10 kph) to a superb 204 mph (328 kph).
The upgraded performance not only was made possible by its improved engine, but also due to decreased weight as Audi decided to cut back 55 lbs (25 kg) off the convertible compared to its "lesser" model, producing a dry weight of around 3,498 lbs (1,587 kg). Built at Audi's Bollinger Hofe factory, the super cars are largely handmade so customization choices are likely limitless. The German marque offers an array of 11 colors, but interested consumers are free to choose any color in the visible spectrum, and matte or gloss finishes can also be opted.
Spyder R8 is being showcased in an appealing new micromata green paint that is only offered on the Spyder V10 plus. This is a component of a namesake design set that brings along an anthracite grey aesthetic that will be on the grille and black exhaust tips. The prevalent black interior is covered with Nappa leather upholstery and an eye-catching green stitching found on some of the areas in the interior for a cool contrasting effect. For the base model, the Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus will be armed with an array of novelties that includes ceramic brakes, bucket seats, light-alloy forged wheels and an impressive 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
The German marque has recently opened its order books for the new cabriolet, with the R8 Spyder V10 plus bearing a price tag of a cool €207,500 in Germany. Deliveries will start at the end of this summer, however official prices for US consumers have not been revealed yet but it is expected that it will cost considerably higher than the $175,100 predecessor model.
All in all, the R8 that is both in Coupe and Spyder form is offered with a V10 as of the moment, but the rumor mill has it that an entry-level variant is in the works with a corresponding biturbo 2.9 L V6 engine for a more affordable price.