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Video - 2017 Audi R8 Spyder spied in action

Snapshot: The second-gen R8 Spyder is undergoing preliminary test. Should be out next year.

The second generation of the Audi R8 Coupe will reach Indian dealerships at the beginning of next year but those who would rather have the Spyder version will have to wait until 2017. Seen here is an early prototype of the open-top model which as expected will adopt a fabric roof that will be electrically retractable. In typical Audi fashion, the body differences between the two will be minor as aside from the roof, only the rear end will undergo some tweaks to accommodate the soft top.

Some people consider the Spyder version to be the more desirable body style, but keep in mind that a more complex roof mechanism adds weight to the supercar which means the performances are not on par with those of the coupe. The good news is the differences between the two are not significant and this new Spyder version will be a lot more capable than its predecessor.

This is because Audi’s engineers will manage to shave off as much as 50 kg while bumping output of the V10 5.2-liter naturally aspirated engine to 540 bhp in the base model and to 610 bhp in the more expensive V10 Plus variant. There won’t be a V8 4.2-liter anymore as Audi has decided to drop this engine altogether, but they do plan a new entry-level version which will utilize a turbocharged six-cylinder motor expected to be released in approximately 3-4 years.

The new 2017 Audi R8 Spyder V10 will be a few ticks of a second slower than the coupe which needs 3.5 seconds for the 0-100 kmph run. It’s the same story with the V10 Plus that will need a bit more than the coupe’s 3.2 seconds to achieve the same task. Moreover, top speed will also decrease from 320 kmph (V10) and 330 kmph (V10 Plus).

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