0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes just 3.6 seconds thanks to the go-faster quattro all-wheel-drive system and the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. By comparison, the coupe-bodied model with the 540 PS (533 hp) and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) freely aspirated V10 engine does it in 3.5 seconds. But come on, what’s a tenth of a second when you can enjoy the blue sky above?
Slated to go on sale in Germany on July 14, 2016, the second generation of the Audi R8 Spyder comes with plenty of no-cost features. The highlights include the Audi Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, LED headlights with laser technology, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone mirroring, as well as a thumpin’ great Bang & Olufsen sound system. But trust me on this one: the radio can’t hold a candle to the sound made by the 5.2-liter V10 mill.
There’s still no word on the availability of a V10 plus, but chances are the more powerful version of the R8 Spyder will arrive in 2017 for the 2018 model year. In V10 plus spec, the mid-engined brute will pack 610 PS (602 hp), mountains of torque, will make the sprint to 100 km/h in roughly 3.3 seconds, and will nudge 330 km/h (205.1 mph) with a bit of tailwind. Sorry, Pokemon GO fans, but that’s not the name of a move in the Pokemon gaming world. It's just your regular wind that blows in the direction the car travels.