Audi R8 Spyder showcased in New York

An all-new ten-cylinder Audi R8 Spyder debuted at the New York international auto show in March.

The 197mph sports car promises to offer an even more intense driving experience through its V10 engine developing 540PS, from 0 to 62mph in 3.6 seconds.

Its strong backbone is the newly developed Audi Space Frame (ASF) using the multi-material construction principle, made from aluminium and carbon fibre.

Innovative manufacturing methods lower the weight of individual components by up to ten percent. As a result, the highly rigid body weighs a mere 208 kilograms, and its torsional rigidity has increased by over 50 percent compared with the previous model.

Efficiency technologies such as the new freewheeling mode, in which the R8 coasts with the engine decoupled, also boost fuel efficiency by ten percent compared with the previous Spyder. The new R8 Spyder is capable of returning up to 24.1mpg, corresponding to 277 grams CO2 per kilometre.

Audi R8 Spyder

Behind the V10 there is a seven-speed S tronic transmission with lightning-fast action, which the driver controls electrically – by wire. The dual-clutch transmission directs forces to a newly designed quattro drive system with an electro-hydraulically activated multi-plate clutch at the front axle.

With the Audi smartphone interface, a new technology makes its debut in the R8 Spyder. For the first time, Audi integrates the Bang & Olufsen Sound System by placing loudspeakers in the two head restraint of each seat for an excellent audio experience, even when driving with the hood open.

Available for UK order from late spring, first UK deliveries are expected in late 2016.