Firm adds 4.2 FSI V8 engine to R8 Spyder line up
1 July 2010

Audi has added its 4.2 FSI V8 engine to its R8 Spyder range.

The 424bhp, 317lb ft unit now completes the R8 Spyder range alongside the launch V10 powerplant. It is capable of taking the soft-top Spyder from 0-62mph in 4.8sec and go on to reach a top speed of 185mph.

The engine is mated to Audi's R tronic sequential manual gearbox; the R8 features permanent all-wheel drive through Audi's quattro system.

Like the V10 model, the V8 Spyder features an aluminium spaceframe with carbon composites and an automatic retractable folding cloth roof.

UK pricing and on sale dates have yet to be confirmed.

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1 July 2010

[quote Autocar]The 424bhp, 317lb ft unit now completes the R8 Spyder range[/quote] 424bhp? I didn't know there had been a 10bhp hike in power.

1 July 2010

the 4.2 is still 414bhp(420ps) according audi website

1 July 2010

[quote Woigookin][quote Autocar]The 424bhp, 317lb ft unit now completes the R8 Spyder range[/quote] 424bhp? I didn't know there had been a 10bhp hike in power.[/quote]

Probably a typo. What I'd like to know is which V8 this is - is it the same one as in the hardtop R8 and the old RS4, or is it the new V10 minus 2 from the RS5?

Also, Audi, I don't want a wobbly convertible, but I would quite like it if you'd put those subtler air intakes at the side on the coupé instead of those bloody stupid side-blades. Sort it, please.

1 July 2010

not a typo, chaps. new r8 V8 both coupe 'n rag-top are getting an improved V8 engine with 316 kW (430 hp - 424 bhp) with eu5 co2 norm.

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