What’s Better Than the Audi R8?

05.01.16 - 2017 Audi R8

At the top of the lineup for Audi we see the R8. This car has looks, it has style, you want to drive it, and it’s begging you to do so. The engine sounds mean and the interior feels amazing, you have all the gadgets and gizmos you could ever want and the car will toss in and out of turns in an expert manner. Even with all the amazing attributes the R8 has to offer us there just feels like there is something missing for 2016 that we will hopefully get to experience in 2017.

What’s missing from the R8? You look at the checklist of performance items and it’s completely marked off, but there is a gathering crowd that shows up to look at the R8 and taps you on the shoulder to say “where is the Spyder version?” This is what’s missing from the lineup. A drop top model that lets you have the wind run through your hair and the sun beam down on you when you take this car out on the open roads around you. Why haven’t we seen this car yet? Now we have. The R8 Spyder made its debut at the New York Auto Show and it’s a gorgeous vehicle that makes you want to give up your first born child to own this beauty.

What should we expect to see from the R8 Spyder in 2017? This car will be powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine that is attached to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. In a similar fashion to the coupe variant, there could be either 540 horsepower or 610 depending upon which one you choose (the Plus will have the 610). The fact this car is not turbocharged certainly should have purists singing its praises and ready to lineup to buy the coolest drop top car that has carried the quad-circle badge in a long time.

The roof of the Spyder version will open in twenty seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph. When the roof is down the car has a twin fin look to it and it does maintain its structural integrity, which makes it a car you can still take to the track or on a canyon run and see exactly what this car could do for you. The structure is maintained by using the aluminum and carbon fiber monocoque that is also used on the standard R8 model.

On the inside the car is the same as the coupe with a ton of digital features to make anyone “geek out” over the impressive array of elements including a massive touchscreen in the center and a fully digital instrument cluster. Can you wait long enough to buy the R8 Spyder or have you already spent your money on the coupe? If you can wait, this car promises to be the one you want to drive on a daily basis and will probably be a car you give more love to than your own children.

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