2017 Audi R8 Spyder Spied Undisguised in Namibia

Audi engineers are putting the finishing touches on the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder because the Audi product roadmap suggests that the drop-top supercar is going to debut in April. Happily, however, we can now show you what the second-generation Audi R8 Spyder looks like in the flesh, without any camouflage concealing its body shell. Hat tip to autoevolution reader Silas for the great low-down.
2017 Audi R8 Spyder camo-free in Namibia 6 photos
Photo: cars_in_namibia on Instagram
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As mentioned earlier, the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder will be officially unveiled in April. Its first public outing should be at the Beijing Motor Show in China, which is slated to open its doors on April 25. Until then, two pics uploaded by cars_in_namibia on Instagram will have to suffice. Both units of the Audi R8 Spyder have been snapped west of the border of Namibia with South Africa. The location is near Upington, which is a stone’s throw away from the Kalahari desert.

Temperatures in the Kalahari occasionally reach 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius), which is perfect for putting a test mule through its paces. From above we can see two arched cowls that give the hood a similar appearance to that of the first-gen R8 Spyder. The cowls taper from the bulkhead and include air vents. Furthermore, a wide discharge vent is located between the cowls.

The diffuser, shape of the tailpipes, the taillights and the vents located underneath are identical to the fixed head Audi R8. As for the windscreen frame, anodized aluminum makes for an appealing contrast with the stainless steel brackets for the top. Expect Audi to offer the fabric roof in two colors: black or red. The electrohydraulic soft top will be similar to the mechanism used by the Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder, so expect the top to open or close in approximately 17 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph (50 km/h).

The V10 Plus variant of the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder will employ a naturally aspirated 5.2 V10 with 602 horsepower (610 PS) and 413 lb-ft (560 Nm) of torque. Thanks to a fast-shifting 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and the quattro AWD system, 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) should occur in 3.4 seconds. The maximum speed will definitely be lower than the 205.1 mph (330 km/h) of the fixed head Audi R8 V10 Plus.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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