The most powerful Audi R8 convertible supercar has arrived

Audi R8 V10 PlusAudiThe Audi R8 V10 Plus Spyder.

The second generation Audi R8 V10 has proven over the past year that it’s a more than worthy successor to its iconic predecessor. Now, Audi is adding a dose of fun in the sun to its hardcore R8 V10 Plus supercar with a drop-top Spyder variant.

On Friday, Audi unveiled the fourth and final member of its R8 supercar lineup.

“The Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus completes the R8 model line,” Audi Sport managing director, Stephan Winkelmann, said in a statement.”The Spyder is now also available as a 610 hp top version in addition to the Coupé. It benefits from our many years of experience in motorsport and combines breathtaking dynamics with the emotion of an open-top sports car.”

Like the hardtop R8 V10 Plus on which it is based, the Spyder gets a 610 horsepower version of Audi’s breathtaking 5.2-litre V10 engine. The glorious powerplant is also shared with its corporate sibling, the Lamborghini Huracan.

Mated to a water-cooled 7-speed twin-clutch transmission and Quattro all-wheel-drive, Audi claims the V10 Plus Spyder can hit 62 mph in just 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 203.8 mph.

Underneath the stylish bodywork lies a truly state-of-the-art Teutonic supercar. The R8 is built around Audi’s aluminium and carbon fibre-heavy space frame designed to improve chassis rigidity and crash safety while reducing weight and vibrations.

Inside, the Spyder is loaded with tech — including the latest version of Audi’s multi-media interface and stunning virtual cockpit digital instrument display, winner of Business Insider’s 2016 Infotainment System of the Year award.

As for the R8 V10 Plus Spyder ‘s soft top, the electro-hydraulically operated unit can open or close in just 20 seconds and can function at speeds up to 31.1 mph.

For those looking for less intensity, a 540 horsepower version of the R8 V10 Spyder is already available.

The 2018 Audi R8 V10 Plus Spyder is currently available for orders with customer deliveries expected to commence later this summer. Official US pricing for Audi R8 V10 Plus Spyder has not yet been announced. However, we expect that figure to be a tad over $US200,000.

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