Audi R8 Spider Leaks ahead of Frankfurt Debut

Audi R8 Spider Leaked Image
Audi R8 Spider Leaked Image

It's no secret that Audi is unveiling the R8 Spider at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week. Neither are these leaked pictures showing the car mostly jazzing around with two happy occupants. In addition to recent paparazzi shots of the car taken during the filming of Ironman 2 - Electric Boogaloo, spy photos revealed a black canvass roof whose mechanisms hid the mid-rear mounted engine. We'd be quite interested to see how said roof is operated.

The front end has the powerful grille with surrounding LED daytime running lights while the rear features LED rear lights, two oval tailpipes that are visible from the sides and a massive diffuser.

Audi plans to launch the R8 Spider with only the 5.2-litre V10 engine as its symphony of thrust. It produces 386kW (525hp) and peak torque of 530Nm. The transmission options are the 6-speed manual and the R Tronic sequential shifter. Power is shared along the two axles through the quattro AWD system which, if the same as the coupe's, can transfer up to 85% of torque to the rear wheels. Rumours say there won't be a 4.2-litre Spider but there may be an electric-powered one.


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GTurbo GTurbo
I see a more bespoke car here with the brown colour. It gives it a golden, expensive look, especially with the two-tone silver pillar finish. Speaking of expensive, check out the price tag! Movie product placements are doing great things for all things Audi. This is how you build a premium brand with pizzazz!
Oct 30th, 2009 10:23pm
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YlwBeast YlwBeast
Absolutely WICKED!!
Oct 3rd, 2009 3:59am
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Sultan91 Sultan91
i think some of the super car essence has gone away due to it missing the side blades..it somehow does not look as composed as the coupe... that color also does not shoot out the character of the v10 they are going to put on it... maybe it would look better in red or black...but we have to wait and see
Sep 11th, 2009 8:42pm
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Paulds Paulds
Agreed, catch...
Sep 11th, 2009 8:54am
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catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
additonal sideblades would look sh1t if they added something similar to the cabriolet. imagine the clean body colour, a different coloured soft hardtop and a different looking sideblade. this would look like pimp my ride. so i am pretty relieved they left the blade for the coupe and kept the cabriolet body smooth looking.
Sep 11th, 2009 2:42am
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I saw alot of mix opinions, and it's good, I like it, but if you got the money, will you really have this over the Gallardo Spyder? I think not
Sep 11th, 2009 2:31am
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miika miika
Cool! Finally they took those ugly sideblades away :) This is gonna be one of the hottest convertibles next year.
Sep 11th, 2009 1:19am
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Vlad Vlad
The whole R8 charm is lost, it looks like just another Audi now, hope its never made!
Sep 11th, 2009 1:06am
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fattychrisbmw fattychrisbmw
without the sideblade.. it looks 90% like the TT
Sep 11th, 2009 12:21am
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sideskraper sideskraper
Mate, maybe I need to see your optometrist. I'll need stronger glasses to see what you are seeing.
Sep 11th, 2009 12:26am
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nederina nederina
just build a targa with a removable top like the veyron or corvette and keep the side blades
Sep 10th, 2009 10:14pm
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chris25 chris25
That's a ugly R8 with no side blades. What was Audi thinking? trying to look sexier than lambo gallardo? Maybe they should scrap this concept R8 spyder & keep the coupe or keep the side blades & chop it in half for the spyder version.
Sep 10th, 2009 10:05pm
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scratchy996 scratchy996
it has no side blades ! it sucks !
Sep 10th, 2009 9:08pm
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teuton teuton
Subtle yet amazing is what crossed my mind seeing the first pictures. Good job Audi and the chocolate brown seems to gel very well with the design of this car. Audi have a success in their hands!
Sep 10th, 2009 7:13pm
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MK-Audi MK-Audi
this car just looks great...the picture of its profile is beautiful
Sep 10th, 2009 6:01pm
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mooner mooner
Interior appears to be from the so called R8 ePerformance concept, that is set to be revealed in Frankfurt. Cannot wait to see the rest of the car. Love the spider though!
Sep 10th, 2009 5:04pm
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Murcielago2006 Murcielago2006
The only amazing looking Roadster I know of is the Lamborghini Murcielago! The rest just don't look right as convertibles.
Sep 10th, 2009 4:11pm
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mmr66 mmr66
LOOKS LIKE AN R8 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA
Sep 10th, 2009 2:42pm
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b84 b84
i lol'd
Sep 11th, 2009 5:03am
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pmontero pmontero
an absolute beauty... nothing short of stunning!
Sep 10th, 2009 1:17pm
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ExoticCarOwner ExoticCarOwner
That interior shot shows completely different colored seat and a completely different upper dashoard than the rest of these photos. That interior definitely doesnt belong to this car. Its so obviously different in its structure.
Sep 10th, 2009 12:37pm
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erzhik erzhik
looks like they accidentally leaked an interior image of some kind of a concept. Looks interesting.
Sep 10th, 2009 12:15pm
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carbonsigma carbonsigma
I think the brown looks great, as does the rest of the car.
Sep 10th, 2009 11:54am
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