2017 - 2018 Audi R8 Spyder
Launched in 2007, the first-generation Audi R8 was so successful that the German brand decided to keep it around for no fewer than eight model years. The Spyder, on the other hand, is a bit younger than that, having been unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show for the 2010 model year.
At first only available with the 5.2-liter V-10, the convertible also received the 4.2-liter V-8 for 2011, and a limited-edition GT model for 2012. With the second-generation R8 already in dealerships, Audi introduced the redesigned Spyder version at the 2016 New York Auto Show.
Much like its predecessor, the second-generation R8 Spyder is essentially a topless version of the R8 Coupe,using a soft-top instead of metal roof. Specs are obviously identical, meaning there’s no longer a V-8 engine and a manual transmission. Audi has yet to confirm whether the R8 Spyder will also get an e-tron version, but an all-electric drop-top is very likely to arrive by the end of 2016.
Audi’s new angular design works well with the R8 Spyder’s convertible layout and the performance is definitely strong, but does it have what it takes to compete against the bonkers Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet and McLaren’s upcoming 570S Spider? Keep reading to find out.
Update 12/12/2018: We’ve updated this review with pictures taken at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Check them out in the gallery at the bottom of the page!
German auto design house PPI launched its new company name and a new Audi R8-based Razor Spyder GTR model this weekend at Pebble Beach Concours week. PPI is now called PPI Speed Design, and to go with the new name is this hot open-air conversion kit for both the V-8 and V-10 R8 supercars.
Marked out by freer breathing for the induction and exhaust, the most notable element of the Razor Spyder is the open-air door cutouts that make every day a breezy California summer.
Cut from aluminum and reinforced with carbon fiber, the door cutouts promise a spectacular view of the road and create a cockpit that feels open and free like a track day special or the Aston Martin CC100 speedster. Lacking weatherproofing (or side windows) to provide these interesting cockpit vents, the PPI “Spyder Doors” take the R8 V-10 Spyder’s drama level and performance level - then cranks it up to "11."
The full complement of PPI Speed Design carbon-fiber styling and aerodynamic tweaks are included on the prototype seen above, which also features a custom satin matte blue paint and contrast black features for the side air ducts and a giant dual intake scoop behind the passenger headrests.
The result is certainly dramatic in a way that most modified R8’s are not, with giant virgin gold painted brake calipers and a GT3-inspired front air dam looking amazing with the latest LED headlights from the latest R8 Audi design.
Click past the jump for the full review of the 2013 PPI Speed Design Razor Spyder GTR, a complete package or individual components from this German supercar enhancer.
The Audi press update for the 2014 TT reads like an obituary. There are actually a couple things to celebrate with this run-out special roadster and 2+2 coupe. Basically everything is included on the 2014 TT twins as standard: S-line trim, DSG, MRC and Quattro to name a few. The combo can still hustle the little Audi to 60 mph in just over five seconds.
So why all the doom and gloom? The second-generation TT is very old at this point and really needs the facelift that is coming next year. Audi has also promised the car will be lighter and more performance-focused than ever before.
The TT needs a new style because it is already pretty sophisticated and lightweight. It drives with the old inert Audi style that some do not enjoy as much as rear-drive competitors. Mostly, however, the problems with this car are image-based.
The TT has competition from more-focused cars, like the BMW Z4, Mercedes-Benz SLK and even the forthcoming Scion FR-S convertible. Apart from the Scion, all are actually far more expensive than this little rocket’s $38,000 price.
Is this year the best time to jump into the Audi TT with all the equipment and a few discounts as well?
Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 changes and equipment highlights.
To say that the second-generation Audi TT is on its last legs is a massive understatement. It’s barely getting by at this point, especially with the recent arrival of next-generation competitors, like the Porsche Cayman.
Granted, it’s all part of Audi’s eight-year cycle and since the second generation TT – including the TTS and TT-RS - arrived in 2006, it’s still on schedule to deliver generation three in 2014.
That’s the glass half-full way of looking at Audi’s TT lineup. The glass half-empty way of looking at it is that the second generation TT is still chugging along, with only minor upgrades given to the 2014 model.
We’re confident that Audi’s going to come strong with the next-generation TT. It always does. It’s just that we’ll all have to wait for that day to come.
For now, it’s just another TT facelift and to its credit, Audi did the best it could to give it that modern look. And sometimes, that really is the most it can do.
Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Audi TTS
Ingolstadt-based automaker, Audi, is already working on a new-generation TT, but this doesn’t mean customers can’t still enjoy the current generation. On the British market, for example, Audi unveiled a cool TT Black Edition that can be combined with a new Amplified Black specification package priced at only £700 (about $1,100 at the current exchange rates).
The new Black Edition will be based on the top S line trim level and adds a black trim for the radiator grille surround, tinted rear privacy glass, and xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights. The optional Amplified Black package also adds numerous black elements like the front lip spoiler, the fixed rear spoiler, rear diffuser and the exhaust pipes. The same black treatment continues on the interior.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Audi TT Coupe and Roadster Black Edition.
VF Engineering is really into breaking the mold when it comes to developing programs for some of the world’s finest supercars. The American aftermarket company definitely knows a power upgrade when they see one and their latest offering for the mighty German beast, the Audi R8 V10, is no different.
With some help from fellow Audi aftermarket wizard Stassis Engineering, VF Engineering took the R8 V10’s massive 5.2-liter engine and made serious work out of it, highlighted by the addition of a bolt on roots style supercharger system and an Eaton/Magnuson TVS2300 four-lobe roots blower with an air/water aftercooling system that boosts up the R8 V10’s output from the standard 520 horsepower and 390 pounds-per-feet of torque figures all the way up to 720 horsepower and 590 pounds-per-feet of torque. That impressive bump in output is particularly jacked up because of the resulting lag-free instant punch of 5psi from as little as 2,000rpm, with the boost gradually climbing all the way up to 6.5psi at redline.
And should the R8 V10 be using a 91 or 93 octane, the stock engine programming is then recalibrated by VF courtesy of an OBD2 port electronic flash.
For all of the program’s downright awesomeness, there is one bit of bad news out there for anybody interested in getting this package. It’s not compliant with the California Air Resourse Board and cannot be used on public roads in California.
SR Auto Group has unveiled lots of upgrade packages in the past few weeks, but this latest one is among our favorites. This is true not only because it is based on the Audi R8 Spyder, but also because the updates themselves are pretty sweet.
Dubbed "Project Speed Walker," this special edition R8 was developed in cooperation with PUR Wheels, Hofele, PPI, MA Carbon, Miltek, APR and Carbonio, and combines naked carbon fiber with shades of black. On the exterior, it features a carbon-fiber front spoiler and a set of 20-inch PUR 4OUR Monoblock wheels coated in a modern gloss-black paint.
On the inside, the folks over at PPI offered a carbon-fiber steering wheel and MA added a carbon-fiber center console and a carbon-fiber gear shift bezel.
Aesthetics are not all that this tuning kit consists of; that would be a waste. SR Auto Group took care of business under the hood by adding in a Carbonio carbon-fiber intake system and an APR ECM upgrade. The under-hood mods are all capped off by a Miltek exhaust system that’s sure to give the R8 a throaty rumble. The official specifications are not available, so your guess on final engine output is about as good as ours.
The German tuner MTM has prepared another tuning package for the Audi R8 V10 Quattro. This new package will be available for both the roadster and coupe versions, and will offer engine upgrade and an exterior kit.
In order to improve the V-10 engine’s output, the tuner remapped the ECU and installed a new stainless steel sports exhaust system, which not only lowers the back-pressure, but also improves the engine’s sound. As a result, the R8 will now deliver a total of 606 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and a peak torque of 413 pound-feet. A sprint from 0 to 60 mph is now complete in 3.5 seconds, while top speed leaps up to an incredible 200 mph.
Exterior changes are minimal and only include a new front spoiler lip, side skirts and rear spoiler. For the interior, the tuner opted to install new Recaro carbon-fiber race-style seats that reduce the R8’s total weight by 88 pounds.
The package continues with a set of Bimoto forged alloy wheels in 9.0J and 11.0J x 20-inch sizes, shod with 245/30ZR20 and 315/25ZR20 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires. These wheels have been combined with a new KW 3 coil-over suspension that can lower the car by as much as 60 mm (2.36 inches). A set of MTM high-performance brakes with 380 x 34 mm (14.96- x 1.34-inch) vented discs up front complete the picture.
To further stylize the R8, MTM is also offering checkered-flag graphics that can be combined with any possible exterior color.
German tuner Wheelsandmore is back, and they’re returning with yet another impressive tuning program. This time for the limited-run Audi R8 GT Spyder.
Since the German super car is only limited to 333 units, the fact that it gets its own tuning program ramps up the exclusivity to a whole new level. The whole onus of the program was to make the R8 GT Spyder lighter and more powerful, a task that’s easier said than done.
In order to accomplish it, Wheelsandmore prepared a special performance package that includes a lighter stainless steel exhaust system with remote-able valve flaps that’s 40% lighter than the standard equipment. Add that to special carbon-frame air filters and a reprogrammed ECU that nets a new output of 620 horsepower and 435 lb/ft of torque, and you have an R8 GT Spyder that’s even more special than the rest of its special edition brethren.
Suspension was also an important part of the program. In this case, Wheelsandmore fitted the German super car with the latest state-of-the-art motorsports technology from KW-Automotive within the LCS (level-control-system) hydraulic lift up system. There’s also a remote control switch that provides an additional road clearance of +40mm and a separate and independently adjustable rebound- and compression damping, giving the owner free reign over his super car’s suspension set-up.
Finally, there are the handcrafted 3-piece ultralight forged 6Sporz² wheels that can be customized and finished according to the customer’s whims. The wheels are then wrapped in a set of Continental Sport Contact 5P tires.
Okay, so this isn’t exactly the most surprising news of the day, but it sure ranks up there with the coolest. Audi is said to be launching a Spyder version for the R8 GT at the Frankfurt Motor Show this Fall. As with the coupe version, the Spyder will be limited to 333 units and should be priced at about $20,000 higher than the coupe, which is sold for about $196,800 in the U.S. The similarities will even extend to the number of units available in the U.S. We last heard that we were getting 90 units of the GT Coupe and we expect the same number for the Spyder version.
Under the hood, Audi will place the same 5.2 liter V10 engine that delivers a total of 560 HP and 398 lbs-ft of torque. The Spyder version will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and will be capable of a top speed of 196.97 mph. Thanks to body parts made in carbon fiber the R8 GT Spyder is 187 lbs lighter and in the same time delivers performance numbers that makes it the top-of-the-line version of the high-performance sports car.
UPDATE 11/16/11: The Audi R8 GT Spyder made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The lightweight, drop-top German supercar will be available in North America beginning next year and will be limited to just 90 units in the region. Audi is planning on building 333 units of the R8 GT Spyder so 90 models in North America is a pretty sizable chunk of the whole inventory. Interested parties should be on their toes so they can be part of the 90 people that can score the German supercar when it becomes available.
UPDATE 02/02/12: Audi of American has announced that the R8 Spyder will be priced at $210,000 plus a $1,200 delivery fee for the US market. Only 50 units will be offered on our side of the pond.
UPDATE 04/06/12: One of the only 50 R8 GT Spyder units to arrive on the US market has been presented on the NY floor and we have some pictures of it for you. Check the pictures gammery to find them.
More details on the Audi R8 GT Spyder after the jump.
The history of the TT (Tourist Trophy) started in 1995 when Audi unveiled the first concept at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show. It would be a full three years before the market would be introduced to the production model in 1998, but when that happened, it arrived in both coupe and roadster versions. The first generation remained active until 2006, when the company released the second generation TT for the 2007MY.
Compared to the first generation TT, the model unveiled in 2006 featured a completely redesigned exterior, a switch from the Volkswagen Group PQ34 platform to the PQ35, and new, improved engines. At the launch, the TT MK2 was offered with a choice of two inline four-cylinder engines and a V6 carried over from the previous model, but in the years that have followed since then, Audi has enriched the line-up with even more engine choices to satisfy the market.
For the most part, the second generation TT has remained unchanged, but the past couples of years have brought on some tweaks to freshen up the car’s look. In 2011, the TT was given a more powerful bumper, larger air inlets with three-dimensional, sharp edges, and fog lights set in chrome rings. Under the hood, Audi placed new technologies that allowed improved fuel consumption. For 2012, Audi has decided to offer the TT-RS version on the US market, which is enough of a change to warrant some attention.
Hit the jump to read more about the Audi TT.
For the past eight years, Audi has created a special model to be auctioned off at the EJAF White Tie & Tiara Ball. Last year, Elton John’s charity was able to pull in £350,000 (about $522,500 at the current rates) by auctioning off the pink Audi A1 designed by renowned British artist Damien Hirst. This year, Audi doubled its efforts by providing not one, but two one-off chromed R8 Spyders for the auction, one from Audi Group Germany and one from Audi UK. In total, the two cars were auctioned off for an impressive £620,000 - or almost $1 million at the current exchange rates.
The chrome look is something we’ve seen before on an Audi R8. The German automaker brought a chrome-domed R8 5.2 FSI V10 coupe to the Frankfurt Motor Show back in 2009. It received plenty of attention at the auto show, so we’re not surprised it was such a rousing success at the charity event.
"We are absolutely delighted to have been instrumental in raising such a magnificent sum for Sir Elton’s charity," commented Jeremy Hicks, Director of Audi UK. "We couldn’t, of course, have done so without the incredible generosity of Sir Elton’s guests, to whom we owe an enormous vote of thanks" he added.
Back in 2010, German tuner, Wheelsandmore, dressed up an Audi R8 V10 Coupe after providing a smooth package for the V8 version the previous year, so it’s not shocking that the tuning firm is taking a stab at the R8 V10 Spyder for their latest project. The Audi R-Stream V10 Spyder was given a similar package as the previous two with optimized performance and an exceptional look.
Wheelsandmore began their work on the engine with an ECU update and a new stainless steel, handcrafted high flow exhaust system with remotable valve flaps. These additions allow the sports car’s 5.2 Liter FSI V10 to produce an impressive 600 HP and 590 lb-ft of torque, up from the standard 525 HP.
After the power upgrades were under control, the tuner moved on to the exterior. With a name like Wheelsandmore, an upgrade to the wheels was more than necessary. New lightweight, 3-piece forged 6Sporz² wheels wrapped in 45/30/20 tires from Continental were added and are available in a variety of colors. The front grille has also been painted in matte black and the tail pipes in black enamel.
The final touch for the R-Stream V10 Spyder is the addition of an LCS (level-control-system) hydraulic lift up system that can provide an additional road clearance of up to 40mm. This will come in handy when having to go over those nasty speed bumps that seem to be popping up everywhere we look.
What does it take to transform a good looking car into an amazing piece of fiery carbon fiber goodness? Well, for starters, it takes tons of carbon fiber (a given), a red exterior paint job, and an engine update fit for a street king. Potential suitor, meet your mate in the Audi R8 Spyder made over by ABT Sportsline. Their package, called the R8 GT S, made its world debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and instantly grabbed hold of our hearts.
For this project, ABT took the standard V10 engine and updated its output to an impressive 620 HP, up from the standard 525 HP. The result is a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of just 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph. But the most impressive feature for the new R8 GT S is its exterior and interior look. ABT has chosen to dress up the Audi R8 in full carbon fiber garbs, from the bonnet to the rear wing, and then doused it with a sleek red paint finish. The same treatment has also been applied in the interior.
Hit the jump to read more about the ABT R8 GT S.
Two days ago we reported that Audi would be coming to the SEMA Show for the first time. Today, we have information on one of the models to be presented in Las Vegas. Meet the Audi R8 Spyder tuned by STaSIS Engineering.
The newly tuned R8 V10 Spyder has been supercharged to deliver an incredible 710 hp and 523 lb-ft of torque. That translates into a 0-60mph sprint in just 3.1 seconds, a significant improvement over the 4.1 seconds needed in the standard version. Adding that much more power from than standard 525hp engine meant that the tuner had to add lightweight high-performance brakes and upgraded wheels and tires to complete the package. A throaty exhaust also adds a little something as you will hear the boost before you even get a chance to experience it.
Now, it’s time for the bubble burst. The R8 V10 Spyder being presented at SEMA will be a one-of-a-kind model created especially for the show. Customers will receive different versions of the souped up Spyders.
Other models being presented by STaSIS are a S5 Cabriolet updated to 410 HP, a 310 HP Q5, and a S4 that gets an extra 80 HP, an aggressive suspension, and a customer-tunable quad-outlet exhaust.
UPDATE 12/02/10:We just got a hold of a video produced by the folks over at The Smoking Tire taking StaSis Engineering’s tuned up Audi R8 Spyder out for a spin. It’s a definite must-watch so you guys better head on over past the jump and check out the video. Hat tip to Smoking Tire!
Press release after the jump.
Over the course of its life, the Audi TT-RS has been the subject of a number of aftermarket modifications and for good reason too because as the most powerful version of the TT line, it’s a definite magnet for tuning companies to try and put their own touch on the car.
We’ve seen a number of these tuning firms release their takes in the past few months and this time, another one has stepped into the limelight to present their modded version of the Audi TT-RS.
Hailing from Ingelheim near Mainz, Germany is Senner Tuning AG, which just revealed their new program for the TT-RS. Similar to most of its competitors, Senner Tuning’s work on the Audi sports car involves upgrades on both the appearance and performance aspects of the car. Though Senner Tuning’s work was a little dialed down compared to its competitors, it worked out pretty well for them because as far as we’re concerned, it’s not stale that it becomes redundant yet it’s also not overbearing to the point that it becomes a little outrageous.
Details after the jump
Usually is the other way around: automaker first bring the less powerful version, and only after that they bring the better one. But Audi decided not to follow this rule: first they brought the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro and today the 4.2 FSI quattro version.
When Audi launches the R8 Spyder, it will be around $161,000. That price is for the six-speed manual models. The fancy six-speed R-tronic manu-matic is $9,000. Yes, $9,000 for a neat transmission that isn’t all that good.
The R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI quattro uses the same 4,2 liter V8 engine as the coupe version. The engine delivers a total of 430 hp at 7,900 rpm and 430 NM between 4,500 and 6,000 rpm and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. Top speed is 185 mph.
The 4.2 FSI quattro version gets LED tail lights as standard equipment, exhaust system that terminates in dual tailpipes on both the left and the right, a rear spoiler which extends automatically at 100 km/h. The cloth roof will be available in three colors: black, red and brown. The body is available in the solid finishes Ibis White and Brilliant Red; the metallic finishes Suzuka Gray, Teak Brown, Ice Silver, Jet Blue and Aurum Beige; and the pearl effect finishes Daytona Gray, Sepang Blue, Lava Gray and Phantom Black. The windshield frame is coated with anodized aluminum.
Updated 09/28/2010: Audi announced today the US prices for their latest addition to the R8 line-up: the R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI quattro that will go on sale in late 2010. The R8 4.2 quattro V8 Spyder (Manual) version is priced at $127,700 and the R8 4.2 quattro V) Spyder (R tronic) at $136,800.
Update 08/11/2011: The Audi R8 Spyder has been recalled. Hit the jump for the details.
Press release after the jump.
In its standard version the Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro delivers a total of 525 HP and 390 lb-ft of torque. Some may say that this type of power found in this type of sportscar needs no adjustments or improvements, but those people are not us. We feel there is always room for more power and, apparently, the guys from Sports Wheels feel the same way. The proof is in the pudding and Sports Wheels’ pudding comes in a 600hp flavor.
The tuner is offering two different levels for the engine upgrade. In level one, the engine has been tuned to deliver 565 HP instead of the original 525 HP as well as 560 Nm compared to the previous 530 Nm. The level two includes an ironman muffler in combination with software, specifically adjusted to the ESD. The result is an impressive 600 HP and 580 NM of torque.
The package also includes a set of 20 inch wheels with 235/30-20 Conti Sport Contact tires in the front and 11x20 inch wheels with 305/25-20 tires in the back. The tuner also added a crank angle screw thread of the model 3 HLS4.
Press release after the jump.
H&R announced today it will offer a sport suspension for the newAudi R8 V10 Spyder. You might think that a car like the R8 needs no improvement, but H&R says the new suspension can improve the sporty characteristics of the ten cylinder vehicle – without perceptibly reducing the driving comfort.
Next to the new sports suspension, H&R is also offering an aluminum coil over kit that can adjust the height and damping force. They have also added wheel spacers made of high tensile aluminum.
The R8 V10 is powered by the same 5.2 liter V10 as the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 and develops 525hp. This allows the V10 to make the 0-60 mph sprint in under 4.1 seconds will reach 125 mph from a standstill in a little over 12.7 seconds with a top speed around 194.49 mph.
Press release after the jump.
Along with the release of the TT version, Audi also revealed a facelift version for the more powerful Audi TTS. Like the TT, the TTS will also go on sale this summer with minor changes made to the price list.
The TTS is powered by a 2-liter TFSI engine, that now received a larger turbocharger and many additional modifications obtaining a total output of 272 hp (7hp more than the previous model) while the torque remains at 258.15 lb-ft of torque from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm. The sprint from 0 to 60mph is now made in 5.2 seconds while top speed is limited to 155 mph.
The TTS comes standard with the Audi magnetic ride adaptive shock absorber technology, the Sport button, and a high-performance brake system. The car also gets new 18-inch wheels with size 245/40 tires and a new grille combined with chrome air inlets. A new color combination – spectral silver/black – is available for the interior.
Updated 05/26/2010: Audi has revealed today new images of the Audi TTS Coupe version. The pictures reveal an amazing orange exterior color and an interior that combines orange with black. Delightful!
Press release after the jump.
In 2006, Audi revealed the second generation TT sports car. After four years, the car has finally received its first facelift with sales to begin later this summer. Both coupe and roadster versions have been revised with great attention to detail while new technologies lower fuel consumption of this compact sports car.
The car’s exterior is characterized by a more powerful bumper, larger air inlets with three-dimensional, sharp edges, and fog lights set in chrome rings. The lattice of the single-frame grille is now offered in high-gloss black with tubular reflectors in the tail lights, larger tailpipes for the exhaust system, and a larger, flat black diffuser. Both the coupe and roadster version got an extra two centimeters in length.
Under the hood there is a choice of three four-cylinder engines with turbocharging and direct fuel injection. The entry-level is a 1.8 TFSI engine with a total output of 160 HP and 250 Nm of torque. With this engine under the hood the TT sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds and can hit a top speed of 140 mph; all with a fuel consumption of 36.75 US mpg.
New to the line-up is the 2.0 TFSI engine with an output of 211 hp (it replaces the 200 HP version). This engine sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds, while top speed goes up to 152 mph. Finally, we have the 2.0 TDI engine that delivers 170 hp and 350 Nm of torque. It sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds and acceleration continues to a top speed 140 mph. All the engines are mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a S tronic dual clutch transmission as an option. These upgrades to the engine leave the Audi TT to compete with such V6 engines as the BMW Z4 sDrive30i and the Mercedes-Benz SLK 300 with the Mercedes being the favorite in the horsepower department delivering 300hp.
The 2011 TT comes with a long list of standard equipment: a "chorus" audio system, a driver information system, an automatic climate control system, two navigation systems, a universal cellular phone preparation, and the sonorous Bose Surround Sound system.
Press release after the jump.