• Jul 26, 2007
CAR magazine's "smuggling" operation out of Ingolstadt appears to have been quite fruitful. Following up their scoop on the sworn-to-be-official Audi A1 sketches yesterday, the Brit publication has unleashed salvo number two, an official Audi sketch of the R8 Spider, which is reportedly arriving in 2009. A pair of speedster humps with integrated ventilation for the engine compartment will take position behind the car's two seats, and the large sideblade of the coupe is replaced by a more compact piece that begins aft of the door. In lieu of a folding top, Audi will use a removable targa-style roof to reduce complexity. According to CAR, Audi expects most Spiders to be sold in warm-weather areas where the top is likely to come off and stay off for extended periods, anyway. Miami, your next gotta-have-it ride is on its way. CAR says it has one more surprise in store for us tomorrow (again, via Georg Kacher's top-secret James Bond operation in Ingolstadt). More details at CAR Online.

[Source: CAR Online]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      The spider version of the R8 would be sweet!

      http://www.r8talk.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does anyone else think it looks like a Sebring (previous model)?
        • 7 Years Ago
        A) You're an idiot...where do you see Sebring? The fact it has 4 wheels and no roof?

        B) I've noticed alot of people commenting lately that cars look like Sebring's. For all the Sebring bashing, it's kinda interesting given all the comparisons to it.

        C) This car is amazing.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well, clearly you don't see the resemblance that I do. Anyone else?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think is looks more like a Mitsu Eclipse spider than the Sebring.
      • 7 Years Ago
      looks excellent. i'm glad to hear that audi will use targa tops, which are often overlooked
      • 7 Years Ago
      http://media.autobild.de/bild/2/fbf22d15ae3088d11cf9f6f6f3d4cb72_1.jpg
      this is much more likely the audi R8 Spider look
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now, that's a beautiful car. Never really warmed up to looks of the R8. This, I like.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would amputate one of my fingers with a hammer to own that car...

      ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So the targa top will be shaped sorta like the Mercedes SL convertibles of the 80's? Meaning, the targa would be -basically- the entire top of the normal R8, minus the windshield and A-pillars? Which means the B-pillar, any of the rear butressing, and any rear side windows?

      That's one giant targa top. My dad had a MB 560 sl convertible. We had such a top. Real unwieldy. You needed at least 2 people to take the top off properly, or risk damaging the targa and the car.

      If true, I like the looks of the car, but such an unwieldy top is a turnoff.



      • 7 Years Ago
      How does Audi respond to this spree of leakage?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Probably someone's looking to get fired. With cash in hand from the magazine.