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by Tim Beissmann

Audi Australia has been forced to recall one of its most expensive supercars over a potential fuel leak issue.

A total of 37 Audi R8 Spyder vehicles manufactured between April 2009 and June 2011 have been recalled in Australia as part of a larger global recall involving 920 of the soft-top supercars.

The official recall notice published on the Australia Competition & Consumer Commission website explains:

“There is the possibility that the fuel supply line can come into contact with the heat shield in the engine compartment.

“This could cause damage to the fuel supply line, which in isolated cases, can lead to leaks.”

Audi reportedly discovered the defect in June after a customer complained of smelling fuel

Audi Australia will contact all owners of affected vehicles by mail, and advises owners to contact their authorised Audi dealership for inspection and, if necessary, rectification.

In Australia, the Audi R8 Spyder is available in just one specification level. The Spyder is powered by a 5.2-litre V10 with 386kW of power and 530Nm of torque.

The Audi R8 Spyder is priced from $392,000 before on-road costs. The recall will be conducted at no charge to owners.