The 2018 R8 Spyder takes its supercar status to the next level. The powerhouse 540-hp V10 engine puts out 398 lb-ft of torque and adds balance through its mid-engine drivetrain design.
Sometimes a bright idea really does shine. Case in point, our iconic LED daytime running lights and LED headlights. While they were intended to help make you more visible to other drivers and provide unparalleled visibility at night, we thought they could also serve double duty as a beautiful styling statement. It’s just another way we’re lighting the way on design.
An exotic supercar deserves a drivetrain to match. Luckily, the R8 comes equipped with our legendary quattro® all-wheel drive system. Specifically tailored to the high-performance demands of an exotic car, quattro® actively sends power to the wheels with the most grip, enhancing acceleration and cornering performance. It’s just another way the R8 keeps you ahead of the curve.
A true sports car gives you a powerful engine that stirs your soul. The R8 gives you three. A 430-hp FSI® V8 engine delivers an authentic super car experience, while a 525-hp FSI® V10 engine provides levels of acceleration you never thought possible. And our 550-hp FSI® engine doesn’t just give you bragging rights you can talk about – it gives you the kind you can actually show.
Audi drive select on the Audi R8 Spyder lets you choose between a range of variable handling settings through control of the quattro® all-wheel drive system, and other drivetrain and running gear components. Select your preference from up to four modes: Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual.
The R8 Spyder features a unique application of quattro®, which emulates a rear-wheel drive vehicle, but with the ability to send up to 100% of available torque to the front axle, depending on the driving situation. This is made possible by advanced technologies, like the electronically controlled hydraulic multi-plate clutch, the addition of torque vectoring and quattro® integration within the Audi drive select system.
Standard on the 2018 Audi R8 Spyder, MMI® touch with handwriting-recognition technology allows the driver to “write” their entry rather than selecting letters or numbers and more easily navigate maps by moving a finger across the touchpad.
This feature uses front and rear acoustic sensors to help detect when you are close to another object, while a rear view camera helps provide additional visibility when backing up.
Designed specifically for the Audi R8 family, the standard Bang & Olufsen® Sound System offers premium audio technology as standard equipment on the R8 V10 Spyder. The system features 13 active speakers and a strategically placed subwoofer in the chamber of the front wheel, resulting in 550 watts of crystalline sound.