Crystal clear sound at high speed
On top, the Spyder version presented its own unique set of challenges to be overcome. A cabriolet presents a sound tuning obstacle due to the increased level of road, engine and wind noise even with the roof closed. This required a specific tuning for this live wire of a sports car. When the roof is opened external noise sources are dramatically increased but the system automatically detects this change and a specific tuning is instantaneously loaded to compensate for this and constantly deliver the same crystal clear sound even under the open sky.
The Bang & Olufsen Sound System has 12 speakers driven by 10 discrete channels of amplification and digital signal processing, producing a total amplifier power of 465 watts. The technology is supported by a special visual experience, including machined and anodised aluminium, enhancing the attractive interior of the R8.
Bang & Olufsen engineers worked closely in conjunction with Audi engineers to produce the richest audio experience possible, while also supplementing the total driving and ownership experience. Under acceleration, for instance, the music compensates rather than eliminates the R8’s distinctive engine note, offering the driver to take maximum pleasure in both the sound of the car and the Bang & Olufsen Sound System.