Great driving report here of the Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro Spyder. A must read!
Blasting down some amazing winding mountain roads outside of Cannes, we’re surprised at just how well the R8 Spyder handles, and how it is nearly identical with the coupe. The car is just as flat and sure-footed, and just as predictable as its hardtop sibling. With more weight in the rear we would expect more differences, particularly under braking, but our most recent memories of the R8 V10 coupe are surprisingly consistent. Likely it would take a more thorough day at the track to expose any blatant disparities.
Engineers tell us that the car’s notably precise hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering was tuned specifically for the Spyder in order to help maintain the same level of steering feedback and feel as the coupe, compensating for the differences in weight distribution and center of gravity.
Power comes from Audi’s rev-happy V10. This free-revving mill boasts a lofty 8500-rpm red line, hitting peak torque of 391 lb-ft at 6500 rpm and maximum output of 525 horsepower at 8000. Like the coupe the V10 features dry sump lubrication good for uninterrupted oil flow during hard cornering up to 1.2 lateral Gs. Audi claims this version of the Spyder will do 0-62 mph in 4.1 seconds versus the V10 coupe’s 3.9 seconds, while top speed is 194.5 mph versus 196 mph, respectively.