First images leak out ahead of Frankfurt motor show
10 September 2009

This is the Audi R8 Spyder, the soft-top version of the R8 V10.

The pictures have been leaked in America, ahead of the car's official unveiling at next week's Frankfurt motor show.

See the Audi R8 Spyder picture gallery

It's known the car will be powered by the 518bhp V10 with 390lb ft of torque that powers the standard R8 V10, and that the Spyder will have a retractable soft-top. No other details have been released.

Styling changes are minimal: the scoops ahead of the rear wheels are a new design, and the windscreen is framed in aluminium.

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10 September 2009

Looks good I like it!

10 September 2009

[quote Autocar]This is the Audi R8 Spyder[/quote]

Is the use of "Spyder", one of the first uses of Porsche's intellectual property since the VW/Porsche merger?

I thought Porsche had dibs on that name...

10 September 2009

Now that the ugly and pointless plastic sideboards have been removed, the car looks good for the first time. Nice one.

10 September 2009

Agree with Broom Broom. Happy to see the sideboards go. Side on this car looks fantastic!!! The back end too looks great ... just a shame they've hidden away the engine instead of showing it off under glass :- (

I'm looking forward to taking delivery of one (hopefully next year I'm told) as my deposit for one has been sitting with my local Audi dealership for the past 3 years !!! Currently got a Daytona Grey V8 model which is fab ... only problem is when the sun is shining I'm wishing the thing was a convertible !

Roll on 2010 :-)

10 September 2009

[quote Broom Broom]

Now that the ugly and pointless plastic sideboards have been removed, the car looks good for the first time. Nice one.

[/quote]

Broom Broom, absolutely right. Now that those slightly ungainly side blades have been binned, the shape seems more cohesive and balanced. Has always been a good looking car but now, even better.

10 September 2009

[quote mjbull@hotmail.com]

Is the use of "Spyder", one of the first uses of Porsche's intellectual property since the VW/Porsche merger?

I thought Porsche had dibs on that name...

[/quote]

Lamborghini. Audi seems to be playing up the R8's connection with the Gallardo.

10 September 2009

[quote Vertigo]

Is the use of "Spyder", one of the first uses of Porsche's intellectual property since the VW/Porsche merger?

I thought Porsche had dibs on that name...

[/quote]

In response to MJ - Spyder is another term for a Roadster used by Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari and of course the Audi quattro Spyder concept revealed at the Frankfurt IAA in 1991.

Love the brown!

10 September 2009

[quote Merchant banker]Spyder is another term for a Roadster used by Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari and of course the Audi quattro Spyder concept revealed at the Frankfurt IAA in 1991.[/quote]

Don't forget Lancia with the Beta Spyder and the Montecarlo Spyder.

10 September 2009

[quote tannedbaldhead]

Don't forget Lancia with the Beta Spyder and the Montecarlo Spyder.

[/quote]And going back another decade, the 60's Alfa Spyders.

PaulJ

10 September 2009

[quote Paul J]And going back another decade, the 60's Alfa Spyders[/quote]

As far as I know, Alfas have always been Spiders, rather than Spyders. Ferrari have used both at times but currently seem to use Spider.

I think most manufacturers with lengthy histories have probably had a Spyder at some stage or another...

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