Audi’s R8 Spyder is about to get meatier… the automaker has announced an engine upgrade for the arresting supercar.
Engine upgrade for Audi R8 Spyder
The new Euro 5-compliant 4.2-litre V8 FSI uses a recuperation system that conserves energy during coasting and braking and now joins the R8 line-up.
Power is up from 316 to 321kW at 7900r/min with peak torque quoted as 430Nm from 4500-6000r/min. Up to 90% of this power, Audi claims, is available from 3500r/min and again from 6000-7500r/min.
A six-speed manual is standard and it is claimed the R8 Spyder employing the new V8 engine can accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds before topping out at 299 km/h. A six-speed R tronic automated manual transmission is optional.
The latest version of the high-revving engine will be shared with the Coupe, while the entertaining 5.2-litre V10 FSI unit remains untouched.
When the R8 Spyder V8 was announced in July, 2010, Audi SA said the model would be available here from the fourth quarter of 2010.