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by Brett Davis

In coupe form it’s astonishing. In convertible form it’d be ten-fold astonishing. Get excited though because Audi Australia has just announced the 5.2-litre V10 Audi R8 Spyder is now available at your local Audi dealer.

This awesome supercar has been praised by many professional drivers and motoring journalists around the world since it was released sporting a 4.2-litre V8 in 2007. When the 5.2FSI V10 offer was presented, the same critics gave it even more esteem.

Audi has taken the Lamborghini-derived 5.2 V10, which outputs a whopping 386kW, and slotted it into the new carbon fibre composite Audi Space Frame convertible chassis. Even though convertibles are known to loose fundamental rigidity, Audi has cured this by adding substantial reinforcements as well as safety reinforcements in the bulkhead behind the cabin with integrated roll over protection.

Even with the reinforcements, the car managed to put on just six extra kilograms over the coupe version. This was achieved through the use of liberal carbon fibre and aluminium use. Weighing in at 1720kg in manual form, and with 530Nm of torque on board, the car will shift from 0-100km/h in just 4.1 seconds and go on to a top speed of 313km/h.

Innovative features include a seatbelt microphone hands-free system, which makes open-top phone calls possible, even with the increased wind noise. The car also features a Bang & Olufsen in-car entertainment system incorporating Audi’s MMI media interface with navigation.

Orders are being taken now with deliveries beginning to arrive in October.

Prices for the new Spyder are:

Audi R8 Spyder V10 5.2 FSI 6-speed manual: $376,100
Audi R8 Spyder V10 5.2 FSI R tronic: $392,000

Audi R8 V10 5.2 FSI 6-speed manual: $347,500
Audi R8 V10 5.2 FSI R tronic: $363,400

Audi R8 4.2 FSI 6-speed manual: $268,500
Audi R8 4.2 FSI R tronic: $284,400

*These were the images Audi supplied, please do not blame CarAdvice




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