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Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus revealed

16th Jun 2017 4:15 pm

V10 Plus drop-top R8 to be the last variant of the second-gen R8; V10 develops 610hp and 560Nm of torque.

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Audi has revealed the R8 Spyder V10 Plus as the final addition to its R8 supercar range. Set to go on sale internationally in the coming months, the Plus has around 70hp and 20Nm more than the standard R8 Spyder V10, giving it a total of 610hp and 560Nm of torque.

It's also 25kg lighter, thanks to the use of carbon fibre-reinforced plastics on its interior and exterior. This means the Plus weighs 1,587kg, which is 167kg more than the Lamborghini Huracán Spyder and 83kg less than the Porsche 911 Turbo.

The Plus's increased power and decreased weight equate a 0.3sec improvement to 0-100kph time and a 10kph increase in top speed over the regular V10 Spyder, at 3.3sec and 332kph.

The Plus is marked out by carbon fibre trim across the exterior in place of the standard car's gloss black trim. Its trapezoidal exhausts are also split into four separate pipes, in place of two larger, undivided pipes. The Plus also gets standard bucket seats and ceramic brakes.

Audi confirmed that no further variants on the R8 will be added to the range after the R8 Spyder V10 Plus, quelling speculation of a lightweight variant akin to the Huracán Performante.

The second-gen R8 is currently available in India only as the R8 V10 Plus Coupe though the automaker could expand the line-up to include the drop-top models at a later stage.

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