That Audi built a Spyder version of the R8 isn't exactly a surprise, but that's not a bad thing at all. Audi unveiled the 540 horsepower 2017 R8 Spyder at the New York Auto Show Wednesday. It uses the same 5.2 liter V10 as the as the lovely R8 V10 Coupe, though Audi hasn't yet said if it will also offer the hotter 610 horsepower motor used in the R8 V10 Plus.
A drop-top is usually slower than its hardtop counterpart, but the R8 Spyder V10 isn't exactly sluggish: Audi says the Spyder will hit 62 mph in 3.6 seconds and run up to a top speed of 197 mph. Dry weight is 3554 lbs, though expect a higher number when its filled with fluids and fuel. Audi also says the new R8 Spyder is 50 percent stiffer than the first-generation model.
Power, as you'd expect, is sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed S-Tronic dual clutch transmission. The car can divert 100 percent of its power to either the front or rear wheels. The power-folding cloth top can be raised and lowered in 20 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph.
Usually, we don't prefer a convertible supercar to its coupe counterpart, but the R8's V10 will sound incredible with the roof down. We'll just have to wait to see if Audi offers the R8 Spyder with the more powerful V10 Plus motor or the twin-turbo V6 that's reportedly on its way.