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by Matt Brogan

Ahead of the car’s official launch at Frankfurt next week a handful of pics showing Audi’s new R8 Spider have been released on to the net.

The conventional soft top arrangement steers away from earlier reports that the Spider would utilise a Targa Top arrangement. Also absent are the R8’s trademark ‘side blades’.

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Other visual changes for the Spider model include additional air intakes located behind the seats as well as a pair of safety roll bars. The placement of the fuel filler cap was also changed due to the lack rear pillars. Changes under sheet metal are focused around chassis strengthening.

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It has also been rumoured that the R8 Spider will be offered exclusively with a V10 engine, though we expect a V8 to follow shortly after launch.

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Sales timing for the new R8 Spider is expected for early 2010.




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