"The 5.2-liter V-10 is unchanged with 525 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque. Audi estimates that the added weight adds about 0.2 second to the 0–60 acceleration performance. Based on our R8 5.2 coupe test results, we expect a 0-to-60-mph time of about 3.7 seconds for the Spyder. Top speed drops a mere 1 mph to 195. The high amount of carry-over also means the R8’s faults remain, although those primarily center on the balky six-speed R tronic automated manual transmission. Shifts at less than full throttle are about as subtle as Glenn Beck, pulling away from a stop is rarely smooth, and the steering-wheel-mounted paddles are too small to find during aggressive steering maneuvers. The six-speed manual with a beautiful gated shifter is much more rewarding and avoids the multi-thousand-dollar stupidity tax ($9100 on the coupe) for choosing the two-pedal transmission option." (CarAndDriver)
"And what a soundtrack it is, one that is best experienced on a twisty mountain road with the roof and windows fully retracted. With a redline of a lofty 8700 rpm, the 5.2-liter V-10 starts playing its concerto at about 4100 rpm in 2nd or 3rd gear. The orchestra of 40 valves, opposing connecting rods, and a forged steel crankshaft begins reaching for the stars above 5000 rpm. A steady backbeat of auxiliary drive whine is drowned out by the increasing roar as the revs rise. Let up on the gas, or brake and downshift, and there’s an addictive sounds of trumpets from the exhaust. Then you’re back on the gas and racing to the next corner. With Quattro four-wheel-drive grip, its already-proven overachiever chassis, and Pirelli P Zero tires (235/35R-19 front, 305/30ZR-19 rear), the R8 Spyder is your superstar supercar companion on a challenging road." (Automobilemag)
"Rigidity figures were not divulged, but are claimed to be very close to the coupe’s. We administered the pinched-finger test (bridge the gap between the dash and door panel as the car traverses bumps) and suffered no blood blisters. There’s just the merest hint of some wiggling, and on the really rough stuff like sharp single-wheel impacts, the steering column wiggles just a bit (if you rigged up one of those Richter-scale pens to it, the squiggles would be in the low-millimeter range, not centimeters). Steering feel may be slightly less sharp than the coupe’s, and it’s no Ferrari 458 Italia in that department, but when you’re hustling it hard it gives you no surprises and helps instill confidence." (MotorTrend)
The Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder will be powered by a the same 5.2 liter V10 engine that is in the coupe version. It delivers 560 hp and over 380 lb ft. of torque to all four wheels. It makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 4 seconds and can go up to 201 mph.
The Porsche 911 turbo is powered by a 3,8 liter flat six cylinder engine that delivers a total of 500 HP and as much as 516 lb-ft of torque with the Sport Chrono Package. This allows the new 91 Turbo to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in only 3.4 seconds and reach a 194 MPH top speed. Prices for the cabrio version start at $143,800.
The F430 Spider is powered by a V8 engine featuring Ferrari’s traditionally uncompromising design approach with a flat-plane crank. The engine delivers 490 hp at 8,500 rpm and a peak torque of 465 Nm at 5,250 rpm, 80% of which is already available at 3,500 rpm). It makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 3,6 seconds and can hit a top speed of 193 mph.