Three years after the coupe’s debut, Audi wants to ratchet up the hype again, and so expect the long-rumored convertible version—which may use the Spyder moniker, although the name is not yet finalized—to come to market in the fall of 2009 in Europe. In the U.S., where dealers still have their hands full allocating coupes, the droptop won’t come before the 2010 calendar year.
Engines are shared as well. While the 420-hp V-8 will be the standard engine in the convertible, most customers are expected to opt for the 5.2-liter V-10, which will debut in the R8 coupe at January’s 2009 Detroit auto show. It will make 520 hp and produce 398 lb-ft of torque.
Source: Car and Driver