Ingolstadt’s all-new 2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus is the fastest convertible model from the brand. Like the R8 Plus coupe, the R8 Spyder Plussports a wailing 5.2-liter V-10 engine that packs 610 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque — an increase of 70 hp and 15 lb-ft over the regular model.
The Quattro all-wheel drive beast’s powerplant is mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. It’ll get you from 0-62 mph in a blistering 3.3 seconds and has a top speed of 203.8 mph.
“The Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus completes the R8 model line,” said Stephan Winkelmann, Audi managing director, in a statement.
“The Spyder is now also available as a 610 horsepower top version in addition to the Coupe. It benefits from our many years of experience in motorsport and combines breathtaking dynamics with the emotion of an open-top sports car.”
It weighs in at a healthy 3,737 pounds — the same as the regular Spyder and 55.1 pounds less than the coupe, Audi claims. The cloth top is lowered and raised via an electrohydraulic drive that takes 20 seconds to open or close at speeds up to 31.1 mph.
The Spyder V10 also gets a large 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit and a rockin’ Bang & Olufsen sound system with loudspeakers in the seats — that Audi says can actually be heard over the engine noise with the top down.
In addition, optional Audi laser light LED headlights are available and will make you look really freakin’ cool at night.
Orders are now being accepted and the first cars will be delivered in the late summer. The base price in Germany is about $234,174 .
Audi will announce pricing details for the U.S. when the launch date is finalized here. Stay tuned.