As it stands, only two variations of the second-generation 2016 Audi R8 have been introduced. They are the Audi R8 V10 and the R8 V10 Plus. Further down the road however, a plethora of other R8 derivatives will hit the market and a Spyder will be one of them.
Production of the outgoing Audi R8 Spyder commenced about 2 and a half years after the coupe went into production. If a similar timeline is followed for the second-generation Audi R8, we’ll be unlikely to see a new R8 Spyder before 2017 or 2018. Nevertheless, X-Tomi Design has rendered such a car and it certainly looks the goods.
One of the interesting things about the next-gen Audi R8 Spyder is that unlike the current car, it won’t ditch the sideblades of the coupe. After all, the 2016 Audi R8 coupe no longer features the rather iconic sideblades.
In base 2016 Audi R8 V10 specification, the naturally-aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine delivers 540 hp while the range-topping Audi R8 V10 Plus pumps out 610 hp and 560 Nm of torque. As a result, the Audi R8 V10 Plus will accelerate to 100 km/h in a mere 3.2 seconds, 200 km/h in 9.9 seconds as well as a top speed of 330 km/h. By comparison, the regular Audi R8 V10 will still sprint to 100 km/h in a respectable 3.5 seconds as well as a 323 km/h top speed.
Numerous upgrades have been performed to the engine to help achieve the higher horsepower and torque outputs. First and foremost, a new indirect injection system has been installed alongside the FSI direct fuel injection. Elsewhere, dry sump lubrication is featured. Additionally, the second-generation 2016 Audi R8 boasts the new cylinder on demand (COD) system which translates into lower fuel consumption as one bank of cylinders can shut down when not required.
[Via X-Tomi Design]