Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The new Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI Quattro unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor show. Continue to read the Audi Press Release Below:
• Audi high-performance sports car with lightweight cloth top
• Distinctive styling, carbon fibre body parts
• Mid-mounted V10 engine producing 386 kW (525 hp) and exceptional performance
Exceptional performance and breathtaking dynamism coupled with the intense sensations of open-top driving: Audi presents the R8 Spyder5.2 FSI quattro. Its lightweight cloth top opens and closes fully automatically; several body parts are made of a carbon fibre composite material.
The V10 engine produces 386 kW and launches the open-top two-seater to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 313 km/h. Featuring technologies such as the Audi Space Frame (ASF), quattro permanent all-wheel drive, full-LED headlights and with an innovative seatbelt microphone available as an option, the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro is the new top-of-the-range Audi.
The Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro makes a powerful statement. The sculptured lines of the emotion-packed, high-performance sports car are a fascinating and unique interpretation of its dynamism. Unlike the Coupé, the Spyder does not have sideblades behind the doors. The side panels and the large cover over the storage compartment for the cloth top are made of a carbon fibre composite. Two arched cowls, which extend to the spoiler lip and include large, integrated air vents, give the rear of the open-top two-seater a powerful profile.
Like every open-top Audi, the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro has a cloth top – an uncompromising solution for a high-performance sports car. The soft top’s approximate weight is a mere 30 kilograms; it thus keeps the vehicle’s total weight and centre of gravity low. The top takes up little space when open and is a harmonious design element when closed.The electrohydraulic soft top opens and closes in 19 seconds, even while driving at speeds up to 50 km/h. When opened, it folds like a Z into its storage compartment over the V10 engine.
The compartment cover opens and closes automatically. The heated glass window, which is separate from the cloth top, is lowered into the bulkhead. It can be independently raised and lowered at the press of a switch, with the top up or down. An additional net-like wind deflector comes standard and can be latched into the bulkhead behind the seats in two easy steps.
The V10 engine with the aluminum crankcase, much of which is hand-built, follows in the grand motorsports tradition at Audi. The normally aspirated engine produces 530 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. Peak output of 386 kW is reached at 8,000 rpm, and the rev limit is not reached until 8,700 rpm.
In the version with manual transmission, the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro weighs only 1,720 kilograms thanks primarily to its aluminum Audi Space Frame (ASF) body. Despite reinforcements in the area of the sills, the centre tunnel, the rear wall, the floor pan and the A- and B-pillars, the body weighs only 216 kilograms– just 6 kilograms more than that of the R8 Coupé.
The side sills of the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro are broad and angular. V10 badges on the flanks allude to the power of the engine. The exhaust system ends in two large, oval tailpipes, and the fully lined underbody ends in an upturned diffuser. The rear spoiler extends automatically at higher speeds.
Highlighting the list of standard equipment is a generous full-leather package featuring Fine Nappa leather, an excellent sound system from Bang & Olufsen, a deluxe automatic air conditioning system and heated seats. Six different interior colours are available.
The latest version of the navigation system plus with MMI operating logic is also standard in the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro. Equipped with a manual transmission, the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro consumes an average of 14.9 litres of fuel per 100 km – a good figure given its power. With R tronic, this figure improves to 13.9 litres.
The Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI is also available with an optional automatic six-speed transmission. The R tronic offers a normal and a sport program as well as a fully automatic and a manual mode. The manual mode allows the driver to make lightning-fast gear changes using the joystick on the centre tunnel or with the paddles on the steering wheel. The open-air sports car also comes with “Launch Control” – a program that manages engagement of the clutch perfectly to maximize acceleration at start.
[Source: Audi, Photos from Autoblog.com]