Audi places a strong focus on the family identity of its models and the R8 obeys this rule, but it does this in a spectacular and original way. Nowadays, very few cars manage to offer a design that’s futuristic and has the potential to become timeless - the aluminium-built R8 is definitely one of them.
The R8 Spyder measures 4.43 meters (14.53 ft) in length, 1.90 meters (6.23 ft) in width and is 1.24 meters (4.07 ft) tall. The aforementioned futuristic styling cues mix with the sporty proportions and create a dynamic image that simply makes you respect the car even before getting to drive it.
of the Spyder is identical to that of the Coupe, which means, first of all, that we get the same memorable LED headlights. The Audi R8 was the first production car in the world to use LED technology for all the functions of the headlamps and the shape of the daytime running lights has become a distinct feature for the entire brand. The implementation is excellent, offering tons of help in any kind of conditions.
Speaking of traditional Audi elements, we have to mention the single-frame grille, which features chrome bars. The grille, as well as the air intakes, which merge with the headlights, serve both a functional and a visual purpose.
Besides feeding air to the three radiators, their generous size gives the car personality - if you watch closely, you’ll notice that some parts of the aforementioned elements are there just for the show.
Audi’s R8 was conceived as both a coupe and a convertible from the very beginning, which is why the open-top model’s design is fluent. The windshield frame is finished in anodized aluminum and then we have the shape of the canvas roof
, which is just as elegant as that of the coupe. You can have the roof in either black, red or brown.
Unfortunately, the car does lose its signature side blades. These are replaced with a set of wide air intakes
that can feed the V10 with up to 750 kg (1,653 lbs) of fresh air per hour.
The profile view also reveals that the doors use redesigned superior edges and allow you to see that the rear section is now longer. The latter is where the Spyder makes admirable efforts to compensate for the loss of the transparent engine cover.
The rear section is adorned with two elongated creases
. These establish a visual connection between the cabin and the back of the supercar. The elements are placed behind the headrests, with their base using the color of the car, while the rest comes in silver. They include multiple air outlets, with their shape reminding us of the race track.
At the back of the engine cover, there’s another air vent, but this is only open while the vehicle is stationary, as it would affect the aerodynamics at speed.
The rear section ends with a slightly modified spoiler
, which comes out to play at 100 km/h (62 mph). When this sits inside the car, it’s designed to dissipate exhaust-generated heat.
The rear fascia
is divided in three distinct areas. At the top we have the LED taillights, while below the car uses two air intakes. These are similar to the ones up front and are separated by a black area.
The third section includes the oval tailpipes, while the lower area is deeply sculpted, as this is where we find the black diffuser. The latter isn’t too large - it doesn’t need to be, as it joins forces with the underbody of the car in order to do its job.
The R8, be it in a coupe or a Spyder form, makes no visual compromise, it is a perfect translation of Audi’s philosophy.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
There has been a certain moment of my life when I was asked if I wanted to join the political stage and the R8 reminds me of that. I was told that, if I wanted this, my account balance alone was not enough, I would also have to show at least the same level of balance in my personal life. How... ahem... ridiculously hypocritic, I enjoyed a serious laughter upon hearing this. You can't have that combination just like you can't have a supercar without caprices, or so I thought prior to meeting this Audi.
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