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LAUNCH: Audi R8 V10 Spyder

With the Audi Fashion Festival 2010 kicking off, the German brand has taken the chance to pair up their recent car launches with the highly-anticipated event.

First it was the TT RS.

Now they’ve unveiled the Audi R8 Spyder, the long awaited model that completes the R8 line, at a muted down press-only reveal today afternoon.

Perched on an elevated circular stage and covered in a colour I can only describe as “an-oil-effect-on-aluminium-foil” (if someone knows what it’s called, please do enlighten us under comments), we were treated to another gem of an advertisement for the Spyder from the boys at Audi before three (really hot) models participating in the Audi Fashion Festival Red Carpet event tonight pulled the cover off the car.

Optioned in a white exterior body and black soft-top, the R8 Spyder showcased to us was a left-hand unit, so safe to assume won’t be plying the roads here. But Mr Reinhold Carl, Managing Director of Audi Singapore, was quick to add that he’s awaiting delivery of his new toy and he has optioned it to be the same colour as the one on display, but with a tan interior instead.

Audi R8 V10 Spyder

Spotting a similar mechanism and design to it’s more expensive cousin, the Lamborghini LP560-4 Spyder, Audi has chosen to go with a folding cloth top in an effort to keep the car’s sporty pedigree alive by saving as much weight as they could on materials.

The soft top’s approximate weight is a mere 30kg’s; which keeps the total weight of the Spyder and the centre of gravity low. With the top up, it tapers off to two slim fins extending to the trailing edge of the car, emphasising the elongated sihouette of the Spyder.  Senior Designer, Audi Exterior Design, who was on hand to explain his interpretation of the car also mentioned that those two fins were probably one of the longest in the business.

The electrohydraulic soft top opens and closes in 19 seconds even while driving up to 50 km/h.

Audi has even claimed that with the top up, the interior noise level generated while driving is hardly higher than in the hard top. The bulkhead, which is the section directly behind the two seats, have integrated rollover protection in the form of two strong, spring-tensioned plates.

Something else that hasn’t made its way to the Spyder is the pair of side blades from the Coupe.

Opting to keep the body cleaner, Frank said that by doing say, it freed up the beautiful lines of the car from the side and highlighted the functionality and prominence of the side intakes more.

To keep temperatures in-check, the Spyder benefits from two rows of beautiful breathing holes poked at the sides of the engine cover, creating for an awesome design profile when viewed from the rear.

Besides that, the car is powered by the same V10 lump that sits in the Coupe, producing 525 hp and 530 Nm of torque, getting the car up to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds and then to a top speed of 313 km/h. An Audi Space Frame is used once again, quattro all-wheel drive, full-LED headlamps and even an innovative seatbelt microphone that comes standard on the Spyder.

With the top down, the engineers has come up with a way for the driver to get some undistorted communcation through with the top down, thus integrating three mini circular microphones within the seatbelt itself.

With the soft top’s inherent increased flex, reinforcements come in at the area of the sills, the centre tunnerl, the rear wall, the floor and the A- and B-pillars, contributing to the cars additional 6 kg from the Coupe.

The car rolls on those sweet 19-inch wheels of 10-spoke Y design, shod with 235/35 tyres and 295/30 at the rear.

Braking power is helped by the four discs that are internally ventilated and perforated, with eight-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers at the back. Optionally, you could order your very own Spyder with Audi’s oversized carbon fibre-ceramic discs that are extremely lightweight but robust at the same time.

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  1. Andre
    April 27, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    The coupe will still get the dough if it’s my money. Still one of the best looking cars of the decade nonetheless.

    P.S: Is it just me or are the pics not showing up?

  2. April 27, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Am trying to solve it but it’s my internets time of month so will keep trying to get this rectified

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