You’ll feel the clang. The hottest sound of the year

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December 25, 2021r.

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Audi has increased the power of its rear-drive R8 sports car by another 30 hp. The result is a pleasant driving machine with an orchestral sound. An orchestral one! It’s a whole philharmonic…. especially as a Spyder. Audi R8 10V RWD performance Spyder…. some words on the subject!

Oh, how we will miss that sound. One press of the red start button on the steering wheel – and the concert trumpets from the two powerful exhaust pipes start up. Rumbling, hissing, spitting. Ten cylinders let off steam – and it blows the system apart! That’s the sound signature of one 570 hp. It sounds especially good to the driver’s ears in the Spyder when the roof is raised. Audi has been building the R8 at its factory in Böllinger Höfe near Neckarsulm since September 2006. – mainly by hand, and since 2015. in the second generation. Now the Audi crew has taken it a step further with the rear-drive R8 V10 Performance RWD.

More in this case includes: 30 horsepower and 10 Nm more than the base Audi R8 V10 RWD model, several kilograms of weight savings through, for example, a CFRP stabilizer on the front axle, and even more fun to drive. The 5.2 FSI dry sump engine is one of the last naturally aspirated engines in its segment. In the performance version, the unit has 570 hp/419 kW and a maximum torque of 550 Nm. The 1,695-kg Spyder, respectively, takes 3.8 seconds (Coupé: 3.7 seconds, but Coupé is not our tale) to catapult it from zero to 100 km/h. The Spyder peaks at 327 km/h, the Coupè at 329 km/h. Official fuel consumption: about 13 liters of Superplus per 100 kilometers, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 306 g/km, only officially it “takes” that much on the tow rope!

Driving pleasure is by no means limited to sound or performance alone. With its pure rear-wheel drive and chassis ratios and driving dynamics setup, the 4.43-meter-long two-seater provides much more fun than the all-wheel-drive R8. It starts with acceleration. A strong kick on the accelerator pedal and RWD accelerates with a strong blow to the neck. It never leaves any doubt where the forward thrust comes from: from the rear wheels.
The relatively deep, central engine and 40:60 axle load distribution provide ideal balance and precise handling.

In Sport mode and with the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system activated, controlled drifts are possible. After exiting a corner, a slight speed and the rear end swings out – but it can be caught at any time by countering the steering wheel. The optional dynamic steering system provides direct steering tailored to the situation and excellent contact with the road. The centrally located engine and 40:60 axle load distribution also provide ideal balance and precise handling. And the 7-speed S tronic shifts gears quickly, precisely and without noticeable power interruptions. Sport mode features double clutching during gear reduction.

The exterior is a classic R8. Even when you’re inside: the view in the outside mirror follows the curved line of the rear wheel arches. The interior is characterized by fairly compact lines. Dashboard with digital instrument cluster, multifunction steering wheel, sport seats. The navigation system is less exciting, but this probably surprises no one. Sometimes this can be misleading-especially at exits at traffic circles that are close together. This is mainly due to the rather compact size of the navigation screen in the slim digital cockpit. However, a larger digital display, a la iPad, would disrupt the design. Perhaps a heads-up display would be useful. On the front of the R8 there is only space for two 16-card checkered notebooks and a pencil case, it’s hard, as they say it’s hard to live easy.

With an open Spyder purchase price of 162,000 euros, the Audi R8 10V RWD Performance Spyder certainly won’t be bought for change or pennies for the mailman, but if you can and will – you can afford it, you’re sure to have fun with it. The question is how long this game will exist-at least acoustically. Because this is virtuosity! Because at Audi they have long been working on a purely electric successor. It will look similarly breathtaking and will certainly not lag behind in terms of acceleration value. However, it remains questionable whether Stromer’s top speed of more than 300 km/h will soon be realistic. And that with orchestral sound-that should be a thing of the past.

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