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Another example of the recently revealed second-generation 2016 Audi R8 has been spied in public, this time without its top. 

Yes, spy photographers have snapped the next-generation Audi R8 Spyder, roofless and also sans camouflage. The bright yellow convertible’s state of undress is likely a sign that the new Spyder is out on promotional film and photography work.

For fans, this means an early and revealing insight into what the R8 Spyder will look like when it goes on sale.

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The last time we saw the R8 Spyder testing, it was completely covered with the usual black and white swirly psychedelic wrap. As these shots reveal, there aren’t any radical changes from the coupe on which it’s based. 

The flying buttress layout from the first generation dons the rear of this new Spyder, and the black grille between the tail-lights is unique to this variant.

The contrasting paint around the windshield also references the first generation, while the new interior mirrors the new-age cockpit found in the second-gen coupe.

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Although it cannot be seen in these images, the electronically operated fabric roof will remain, as well as Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The R8 Spyder is expected to be powered by the same drivetrain as the R8 coupe, meaning the mid-mounted 5.2-litre V10 should be the sole offering at launch – albeit in two states of tune.

Currently the R8 coupe is offered in V10 and V10 Plus variants, with the standard V10 generating 396kW of power and 540Nm of torque, while the V10 Plus pushes out an impressive 449kW and 560Nm.

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It is not yet known if the Spyder is also a candidate for the rumoured twin-turbo V6 that is reported to become the entry-level model in the 2018 R8 range.

With the second-generation R8 on its way to Australian showrooms, the Spyder doesn’t seem too far away either. Expect it to debut at one of the upcoming motor shows later this year.

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