The new R8 Spyder, the convertible version of Audi’s flagship sports model, has been revealed today at the New York motor show.
The new 2016 model is 14 mm shorter than the previous model and measures an overall 4,426 mm in length. It has grown by 36 mm in width to 1,940 mm. The height of 1,244 mm, however, is unchanged from the first-generation R8 Spyder, as is the wheelbase of 2,650 mm.
Dry, the two-seater weighs 1,612 kg with the aluminium and carbon-fibre spaceframe body structure weighing just 208 kg. Audi claims torsional rigidity has increased by 50 per cent compared with the previous model.
The newly-developed cloth hood, meanwhile, weighs 44 kg and opens in 20 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph. The rear window, sunk into the bulkhead, can be retracted and extended.
Sitting on 19-inch wheels with a mix of 245/35 tyres at the front and 295/35 at the rear, the V10-powered car accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds. Audi claims it races from a standstill to 124 mph in 11.8 seconds. Top speed is listed at 197 mph.
The mid-mounted engine is mated to a seven-speed automatic gearbox and electro-hydraulically operated multi-plated clutch four-wheel drive system. There’s also a mechanical rear differential lock.
Compared with the previous model, fuel consumption is claimed to have been cut by ten per cent at 24.1 mpg, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 277 g/km.