Audi R8 Spyder: V8 for UK, specs and review

By Posted 9 Sep 2010, 17:11

You may remember a couple of weeks ago we reported on Audi’s 2011 R8 Spyder V10, well Audi has launched a version for the UK with a V8 powerplant. With orders now being taken the deliveries of the first cars should be some time in January 2011.

The Spyder comes equipped with the same refinements found in the coupe, with the addition of heated electrically adjusted leather clad seats, with built in belt mounted microphones and Bluetooth connectivity. As with its V10 brother the V8 comes with the standard electro hydraulically operated roof and wind deflector.

But as with all cars at this level what we are really interested in is the engine specs, so here we go. Audi has reworked the 4.2-litre V8 to knock on the door of 424bhp at 7900rpm, giving 317lb ft of torque between 4500rpm and 6000rpm. According Audi’s technical team 90 percent its torque is available from 3000rpm and again when you need it most between 6000rpm and 7500rpm, so this should make overtaking in this car breathtaking.

With performance figures of 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 186mph this car is by no means a slouch, and that’s the same figures whether you choose the standard six-speed manual or the £5310 option six-speed S tronic automated manual transmission.

So there you have it, if you don’t have enough for the V10 Spyder then there is always the option of the V8 for just £95,545. What will be your choice?

Read more: Autocar

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