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Audi R8 loses its roof


Although its coupe sibling first started appearing on dealership floors in July last year, Audi has now announced pricing details of the R8 Spyder set to arrive towards the middle of this month.

Based on the standard R8, the Spyder eschews the hardtop for an electro-hydraulic soft top able to close in 20 seconds at speeds up to 50 km/h, meaning a weight gain of 125 kg over the coupe for a total of 1 720 kg.

Despite this, Audi claims the Spyder will still 100 km/h from standstill in 3.6 seconds, before topping out 318 km/h. As with the coupe, power from the normally aspirated 5.2 FSI V10 remains unchanged at 397 kW and 540 Nm of torque, with a seven-speed S tronic gearbox sending to grunt to all four wheels via Audi's famed quattro all-wheel drive system.

Fitted with a new twin-plate clutch that allows for an even distribution of torque, the Spyder also features Audi's Drive Select system as standard, which allows the driver to alter the suspension, gearbox, throttle, exhaust and optional active dampers from a choice of four modes; Auto, Comfort, Dynamic and Individual.

A five year / 100 000 km Freeway Plan is included in the R8 Spyder's R2 905 000 asking price.

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