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Audi R8 Spyder Launch On March 25

Posted on: March 19, 2011

Audi India is all set to add another variant to its R8 supercar lineup which is already on sale in hardtop guise; this time, it’s the soft top R8, dubbed the R8 Spyder. Scheduled to be launched on the 25th of this month, the soft-top R8 will be available only with the V10 motor. It will join its R8 V8 and R8 V10 hardtop siblings, already on sale in India.

The R8 V10 Spyder will retain the looks of the R8 V10 coupe sans the roof. The engine is same as the one that powers the R8 V10 coupe, a 5.2-litre Lamborghini-sourced one, produces 518bhp and 54.1kgm of torque.

The R8 Spyder has thicker A and B-pillars together with added braces and panels in the floor that make up for some of the stiffness, which is lost as there is no roof.

The top is fabric and weighs about 30kg, opening and closing in 19 seconds at speeds up to 50kph. The heated glass rear window is separate from the top itself and can raise and lower independently. Expect the R8 V10 Spyder to be priced at a slight premium over the R8 V10 coupe. The R8 V10 Spyder will be sold in India as a CBU.

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