2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder

Audi Cuts the Roof Off the R8

It was going to happen sooner or later; a drop-top version of the Audi R8.

Yesterday at the New York Auto Show, Audi revealed 2017 R8 Spyder. With the roof down, the Spyder stands out from the coupe with a long decklid and a number of vents to keep the engine cool. Audi claims the roof can be lowered and raised in 20 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph.

Power comes from a 5.2L V10 with 540 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and quattro all-wheel drive, the R8 Spyder hits 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and hits a top speed of 197 mph. We don't know if Audi will offer the V10 Plus - 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet - for the spyder.

There are two problems that arise when you cut the roof off any vehicle; loss of rigidity and added weight. In the case of the R8 Spyder, neither one of these problems affects it. On rigidity, the R8 Spyder uses aluminum and carbon fiber in its construction. Audi says using these materials as increased torsional rigidity by over 50 percent. As for weight, the 2017 R8 Spyder is about 458 pounds lighter compared to the last-generation model.

Pricing hasn't been announced, but the R8 Spyder is expected to be at Audi dealers this summer.

Pic Credit: Audi

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