Audi makes it gR8t
AUDI unveiled the new R8 Spyder V10 at the New York International Auto Show this week, stating the new cabrio features a host of improvements to the R8 to build on the performance car’s popularity.
Foremost among these improvements is the grin- inducing ability to blast from 0- 100 km/ h in a 3,6- seconds, thanks to the 397 kW V10 engine under the hood.
Despite two banks of five cylinders burning the petrol, Audi claims the Spyder actually reduces fuel consumption to 11,7 l/ 100 km in everyday driving, thanks to Jeep’s trick of using cylinder- on- demand ( COD) as well as dual injection.
The S- tronic dual- clutch transmission also has “freewheeling” mode, which aids in the frugal fuel economy by allowing the car to coast when it can. The freewheeling mode is activated when the driver takes their foot off the accelerator at speeds over 55 km/ h, which decouples the engine from the drivetrain to “coast.”
Inside, the new interior for the Audi R8 is dominated by the large 12,3- inch infotainment monitor and the drivercentric control layout. A full suite of track- ready apps for recording times, outputs, and more can be found there.
The multi- displays around the tachometer and speedometer in the instrument cluster can be customized, too. Otherwise, the complete gamut of Audi MMI apps and navigation infotainment inclusions are standard in the R8 Spyder. This includes Audi’s new natural- language voice control system, which utilizes microphones set into the seatbelts for better audio pick- up.
Customisation for many body add- on components, such as diffusers and front spoiler, are available as well.
The latest Audi R8 Spyder promises frugal fuel consumption — from a V10 engine.