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This is how much Audi's new R8 Spyder costs in SA

2017-05-09 09:04

DROP-TOP SUPERCAR: Audi expands its R8 supercar range with the addition of thew new with a Spyder variant available in South Africa. Image: Quickpic

Cape Town - Do you have R3-million burning a hole in your pocket? Well that's close to how much you'll need to purchase the second-generation Audi R8 Spyder V10, is now available in South Africa. The droptop supercar retails for R2 905 500. 

New roof

The biggest difference between the coupe and the spyder is of course its convertible roof; it uses electro-hydraulic drive to open/close in 20 seconds and can be operated at speeds up to 50km/h. The rear window is sunk into the bulkhead and can be retracted and extended electrically.  For the safety, two strong steel sections pretensioned by springs serve as roll-over protection.

318km/h top speed

You'll gain the envy from passers by due to the roar of the 5.2-litre V10 engine (which we've tested in the coupe version), capable of 397kW/540Nm. The Spyder uses a seven-speed S tronic transmission and like other high performance Ingolstadt models uses quattro (all-wheel drive). 

Audi drive select offers the driverfour modes: comfort, auto, dynamic and individual. Audi claims the Spyder will rocket from 0 to 100km/h in 3.6seconds and reach a top speed of 318km/h. 

Inside, you'll find the now ubiquitous Audi virtual cockpit. Its TFT display has a 31cm diagonal screen and offers a resolution of 1440 x 540 pixels. Audi says the display varies its context-related color scheme according to the main menu selected.

Standard equipment

The R8 Spyder will be available with the following equipment offered as standard:
19" V-spoke design wheels
Bluetooth interface
MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch
Audi Virtual cockpit
Bang and Olufsen Sound system
Comfort key
Cruise control
Deluxe automatic aircon with sun sensor
Fine Nappa leather for R8 Sport seats
Seat heating
Seat belt monitoring
Front side airbags with head airbag
LED headlights
LED rear lights
Parking aid plus
Seats electrically and pneumatically adjustable
Tyre pressure monitor
Tyre repair kit
R8 performance leather steering wheel with multifunction plus controls
Exterior mirrors electrically adjustable and heated
Inlays in anthracite paint finish
Side blade in ice silver metallic
High gloss package
Wind deflector
Quattro



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