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2011 Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI

The 2011 Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro combines breathtaking performance with the experience of open-top driving. The 525 hp (386 kW) V10 engine accelerates the high- performance sports car with the lightweight cloth top to 60 mph in 4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 195 mph (313 km/h). 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, LED headlights and the innovative seatbelt microphone. (continued below)

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2011 Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI

Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro: Pure Fascination

Source: Audi | Published: Sat Jun 25, 2011

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The 2011 Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro captivates from the very first glance. Its lines offer a unique interpretation of the dynamics and emotion of a high-performance sports car. Two distinctive silver cowls, into which the large air intake openings are integrated, give the long back a powerful profile. Unlike the Coupé, the R8 Spyder has classic air intakes behind the doors. The rear side panels and the large cover over the storage compartment for the cloth top are made of a carbon fiber composite.

The 2011 Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro sports a cloth soft top in classic Audi style. The soft top's approximate weight is a mere 93 lbs (42 kilograms); it thus keeps the vehicle's total weight and center of gravity low. When closed it melds harmoniously into the design line - it ends in two slim fins that extend toward the rear and have a contour similar to that of the Coupé hard top.

The top is suitable without restriction for high-speed driving and is quiet. With the standard electrohydraulic motor, the top opens and closes within 19 seconds, even while driving at speeds up to 31 mph (50 km/h). The heated glass window is integrated separately into the bulkhead and can be raised and lowered via a switch with the soft top up or down. Audi also provides a wind deflector that can be installed in just two steps.

The bulkhead includes integrated rollover protection in the form of two pretensioned plates. The aluminum Audi Space Frame (ASF) body of the R8 Spyder is reinforced at important locations, yet it tips the scales at a mere 476 lbs (216 kilograms) - just 13 lbs more than the Coupé. Equipped with a manual transmission, the high-performance sports car weighs 3,792 lbs (1,720 kilograms).

R8 Spyder's Exterior Design

The 2011 Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro is 14.53 ft long, 6.23 ft wide and 4.07 ft high - it has a wide, hunkered-down stance on the road as if ready to pounce. The dynamic proportions, the sculputural design and the passenger cell situated far to the front with the flat windshield visually underscore the mid-engine concept.

As with every Audi, the single-frame grille is the distinguishing element - it is wide and low and painted in high-gloss black. Narrow chrome strips adorn the horizontal and vertical bars of the grille. The lip of the front skirt and the air inlets that direct air across the three radiators are also painted high-gloss black. The inlets have only two crossbars, which makes them look large and hungry.

An exclusive technological highlight is the standard LED headlights of the 2011 R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro. Audi is the world's first automaker to use light-emitting diodes for the low beams, the high beams, the daytime running lights and the turn signals. With its color temperature of 6,000 Kelvin, the LED light is very similar to daylight, which keeps the eyes alert when driving at night. The excellent light distribution and long service life of the LEDs are additional advantages, plus they consume substantially less energy than conventional halogen lamps.

The headlights are technical works of art. Each of the daytime running lights comprise 24 LEDs arranged in a wave along the lower edge of the headlights that appear as a solid strip thanks to a plastic body placed in front of the LEDs. The headlight reflectors resemble open mussel shells.

Audi offers the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro with a choice of three colors - black, red and brown - for the top. The body is available in the solid finishes Ibis White and Brilliant Red; the metallic finishes Suzuka Gray, Teak Brown, Ice Silver, Jet Blue and Aurum Beige; and the pearl effect finishes Daytona Gray, Sepang Blue, Lava Gray and Phantom Black. Customers in search of more exclusivity can choose from roughly 100 special paint finishes or have their very own shade mixed.

Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI: Review (2/2)

Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Type V10
Displacement 318 cu in (5204 cc)
Power 525 hp @ 8000 rpm
Torque 391 lb-ft @ 6500 rpm
Redline 8700 rpm
Driveline All Wheel Drive
Transmission 6 Speed Manual (Std.)
  6 Speed Automatic (Opt.)
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Discs - Ventilated Discs
Tire Size Front - Rear 235/35 R19 - 295/30 R19
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length 174.6 in
Width 75 in
Height 49 in
Curb Weight MT: 3957 lbs
  AT: 3968 lbs
0-60 mph 4 s
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed 195 mph
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway MT: 12/19 mpg
  AT: 13/19 mpg
Origin & Price
Origin Germany
Base Retail Price (MSRP) MT: $162,700
  AT: $172,800

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