The good old R8 got its roof chopped off and became a Sypder. That's about the only visible difference between it and its older sibling. This, however, does not minimize the performances of the 5.2l TSI engine, the same as in the regular R8. It develops a heart-stopping 525 hp at 8,000 rpm (rev limit is reached at 8,700) and 530 Nm of torque.
Translated in on-road performance, this means 4.1 seconds naught to 60 mph acceleration time and 12.7 seconds naught to 124 mph. Top speed is rated at 313 km/h (194.49 mph) for the version equipped to a six-speed manual transmission.
The Spyder's interior is pretty much as you would expect from an R8. Comfort comes from full-leather package (Fine Nappa leather, in six different colors), a sound system from Bang & Olufsen, an automatic air conditioning system and heated seats.
Infotainment is insured thanks to the navigation system plus with MMI operating logic. Information is relayed via a new, high resolution 6.5 inch display.
The open-top will be put on sale in the following days, with deliveries expected to begin in Germany in the first quarter of 2010. Starting price for the Spyder is 156,400 euros.