The Spyder is only available with the R8's V10 engine option, giving it 517hp to send though its six-speed manual gearbox. 0-62mph is dealt with in 4.1 seconds, just 0.2secs slower than the coupe. Top speed is the same as the coupe at 197mph. The 'R Tronic' semi-automatic gearbox can be spec'd for a further £5200.
Thanks to additional carbon fibre composite panels in the Spyder's construction, the Spyder's bling-tastic body is apparently only 6kg heavier than that of the R8 coupe despite numerous body strengthening measures to compensate for the chopped-top. Other items (presumably the fabric roof and mechanism) add another 94kg to the R8's overall kerb weight, adding up to 1720kg.
On a related note, around the same time a British team will be entering a pair of £267,000 race-spec R8s in at least one race in the 2010 British GT Championship.
As well as competing in the European GT3 Championship, Leeds-based United Autosports will be bringing their good-looking GT racers to round one of the British championship at Oulton Park on 5th April.