Audi has officially revealed the droptop version of its super sports car at 2016 New York Auto Show. Say hi to the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder.
With 158 kg (348 lbs) more than the coupe, but significantly lighter than its predecessor — I mean 113 kg (249 lbs) less –, the Audi R8 Spyder weighs 1,612 kg (3,554 lbs) and the V10 — of this version — produces 532 HP (540 PS) and 398 lb-ft (540 Nm) of torque allowing a 0-62 sprint in 3.6 seconds, 0.1s slower than the coupe.
Controlling the power is the 7-speed S-tonic gearbox which transfers the energy to the Quattro all-wheel drive system. There are available four driving modes, from dynamic to comfort-oriented, joined by the three driving programs that make the Audi’s supercar deal with dry, wet and snow-covered road surfaces.
In addition to other similarities between the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder and the Huracan Spyder, the German machine also uses a soft roof with takes 20 seconds to unfold or retract at speeds up to 31 mph (50 km/h).
Inside, a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit shows everything from navigation, multimedia info, fuel levels, speed, and a rev counter in 3D. Also, the driver can project content from a smartphone into the Virtual Cockpit. MMI navigation plus with MMI touch as standard and voice control were added, too.
The 2017 Audi R8 Spyder will be hand-built exclusively at Audi’s Neckarsulm plant in Germany and will hit the market later this year.