Audi R8 Spyder V10 zooms into the Middle East at $148,229

By on August 18, 2010
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Other than its incredible speed capabilities of 525hp and top speed of 313km/h, the R8 Spyder also features some impressive tech.

Press release:
A highly appealing open top high-performance sports car, first seen at Frankfurt Motor Show last September, is the latest addition to Audi’s regional line-up and will be available in showrooms across the Middle East and Levant this month. The Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro combines breathtaking performance with the experience of open-top driving. The 525 hp V10 engine accelerates the high-performance sports car with the lightweight cloth top to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 313 km/h. The 5.2-liter engine produces 530 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm and 525 hp at 8,000 rpm. Each hp only needs to move 3.3 kilograms of weight. The engine offers amazing thrust and hangs tenaciously on the throttle in every situation accompanied by that unmistakable ten-cylinder Audi sound.

Audi offers a classic manual and an R tronic sequential six-speed transmission as an option. Launch Control manages engagement of the clutch for maximum acceleration. The standard suspension includes the high-end Audi magnetic ride technology, in which the shock absorbers adjust their response to the road conditions and the driver’s style within milliseconds. The R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro rolls on 19-inch wheels. The four brake discs are internally ventilated and perforated. Optionally available from Audi are large carbon fiber-ceramic discs that are lightweight, robust and long-lived. The ESP stabilization system has a Sport mode and can also be completely deactivated.

The R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro features a fascinating package of technologies, including the Audi Space Frame (ASF) made of aluminum and carbon fiber composite, quattro permanent all-wheel drive, the excellent sound system from Bang & Olufsen, LED headlights and the innovative seatbelt microphone. The leather seat coverings are specially pigmented to reduce heating as a result of the sun’s rays.

The R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro sports a cloth soft top in classic Audi style, which keeps the vehicle’s total weight and center of gravity low. The top opens and closes within 19 seconds, even while driving at speeds up to 50 km/h.

Jeff Mannering, Managing Director of Audi Middle East, on the launch “The R8 Spyder will sell a selected number of units only. Its true value lies in its role as an ambassador of the Audi brand.”

The Audi R8 Spyder V10 is available in the Middle East as of now, starting from USD $148,229.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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