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Audi R8 Spyder launched at New York motor show

The second generation Audi R8 Spyder has made an appearance at the New York motor show

Audi’s new R8 Spyder has been unveiled at the New York motor show, and it represents a significant step up from the first generation Spyder. The big difference is that Audi has managed to improve rigidity by 50 per cent over the original, although weight has inevitably suffered by 152kg. This is however 113kg less than the outgoing Spider. 
Mechanically, the Spider is pretty much identical to the Coupe. This means a 523bhp and 398lbft from the V10 engine, hooked up to the latest version of Audi’s multi-plate clutch Quattro four-wheel drive, and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (with no option of a manual ‘box). Although no Plus version of the R8 Spyder has been shown, it’s thought that this will follow shortly. 
Performance is surprisingly close to the Coupe’s, losing only a tenth of a second to 62mph (3.6secs), while top speed is just 3mph lower – maxxing out at 198mph. The car’s fuel consumption has also been drastically reduced, with official figures claiming 24.1mph. CO2 emissions are also significantly improved over the old R8 Spyder, in line with the new Coupe, at 277g/km – about 10 per cent lower than the old car. 
Like it’s predecessor, the R8 Spyder uses an electronic folding fabric roof, which can be lowered at speeds of up to 31mph – taking in total just 20 seconds. When retracted, this sits under the tonneau cover behind the cabin. 
Set to go on sale later in 2016, the R8 Spyder will directly rival the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet, with prices expected to come in at around £10,000 more than the equivalent Coupe, which starts at £119,500. 

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