Audi R8 GT Spyder Price Expectations

By Posted 18 May 2011, 12:00

There is no argument between our colleges when we say that the Audi R8 is an awesome car, and so are the different variations of it. So what will we all make of the Audi R8 GT Spyder? Well our first thought is on price expectations, and one guess is that you will not get any change from $200,000. It is the price that could make or break the new version, so the German automaker needs to get it right.

This will be a lightweight droptop, which you can see some spy shots on Autoblog. Looking at some of the photos you can clearly see that Audi has gone for a more aggressive stance for when it comes to driving in the open air. Forgive me for this, but I hate soft-top convertibles, when they are up they seem to look a little ugly – then that all changes when the roof is lowered.

Audi is to fit the 5.2-liter V10 powerplant in the R8 GT Spyder, this is the same engine used in the V8 R8 Coupe. What you will get is 560HP of pure power propelling it to 60mph in just 3.8 seconds, and reaching a top speed of 193mph. We cannot say for certain how well it will perform around corners compared to the coupe version, as we know that doing away with the roof makes a car flex a little more.

Audi will not doubt find a solution to making the chassis a little stiffer, but one would assume that this would come at a cost – weight. Having said that, Audi is expected to use a number of materials to reduce weight in other areas, such as the windscreen, engine cover and the rear wing.

If you had the choice what would you choose the Audi R8 GT Spyder or Coupe?