2017 Audi R8 Spyder Opens Up In New York City

The new R8 Spyder is finally uncovered via official channels – because unofficially we got the chance to see it in full a lot earlier.

The main figures are: 540hp from the naturally aspirated V10 engine, 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 198mph (318km/h).

Audi went for a lightweight cloth top, just like the previous model, which needs 20 seconds to open and close in speeds of up to 31mph (50km/h). The rear window is individually retractable, meaning that it can be lowered, even with the roof up.

“With its spontaneous throttle response, quick revving-up and inimitable sound, the 5.2 FSI naturally aspirated engine in the new Audi R8 Spyder delivers undiluted emotion,” remarked Dr.-Ing. Stefan Knirsch, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development. “Compared to the R8 Coupé, the engine sound in the open high-performance sports car now delivers an even more intense experience.”

Compared to the previous model, Audi says that they have increased the torsional rigidity of the body by more than 50 per cent. The new R8 Spyder weighs 1,612 kg dry, with Audi reinforcing specific areas in the chassis, including the sills, A-pillars and the windscreen frame. These reinforcements are now lighter by 10 per cent, which translates into a very significant 113 kg weight saving over its predecessor.

Other than that, it’s pretty much known territory as the new Audi R8 Spyder uses the same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with the 158kg lighter coupe model, sending power to all four wheels.

Losing the roof should mean now that the V10’s howling soundtrack can more audible into the cabin, making the whole driving experience of the Audi R8 a notch (or two) more emotional.


  • Antony Vidulic


  • That Ross Chap

    That looks great – it is rare that a supercar looks better as a convertible but with the horizontal rear design and the smaller side blades, this is one of the few. Gives the underwhelming new R8 the drama it needed.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      To be honest though, it’s just that AUDI’s designs are Bauhaus and are therefore supposed to look good forever. To achieve this, the new design will look underwhelming…in contrast to looking revolutionary only to be dated in a matter of 2 to 3 years.
      The Germans in general all design their cars to appear timeless. They have different approaches…I like BMWs’ way the best, even though sometimes it is hard to get along with.

  • fabri99

    Not sure about the black stripe at the rear, but cool nevertheless. I’d love one in orange, thanks.

  • GreenApple18r

    I’m just here for that stunning shade of yellow. The car itself is underwhelming. I wonder if anyone would want that random black stripe across the rear.

  • Javokhir_Sam

    Back end with that black stripe looks absolutely horrid. Is it only me or the old one still looks far far more refined and meaner than that?

    • Kash

      it’s not a stripe, like they didn’t just paint it black. that piece is more of the mesh like whats under the lights.

      • Javokhir_Sam

        Aight, but still that ruined the back end. Just compare that to coupé

        • Kash

          I agree with you. it looks kinda silly.

  • TheBelltower

    Man. I haven’t had the kindest words for the latest Audis, including the R8. But I will promptly eat those words now. This is good. Real good!

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