Spring debut for Spyder, as race R8s take on Brit GT series
Audi is now 'officially' taking orders for the R8 Spyder, with prices starting from £111,955 on-the-road.
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.
Delivery dates haven't been confirmed yet, but owners should see their cars by the Spring.
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.