• Feb 24th 2010 at 6:59PM
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2011 Audi R8 Spyder 5.2L V10 – click above for high-res image gallery

The Audi R8 Spyder was introduced at Frankfurt with a stonking V10 powertrain nestled snugly in its boot, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the righteous 525-horsepower mill will be the R8 droptop's only source of power. Our West Coast friends at Inside LIne insist that the more reasonable 4.2-liter V8 that powers the "base" R8 is going to be offered as well... eventually.

The availability of a V8-powered Spyder could drop the price of entry by $30,000 or more, and it could prove to be an attractive option to potential customers who are more interested in the R8 Spyder as a fashion statement than as a near-supercar with outstanding performance. IL estimates that a V8-powered, topless R8 could arrive in showrooms sometime next year.

Who knows, perhaps Audi will find it in its collective heart to utilize the updated, better-breathing 450-hp 4.2-liter that is scheduled to arrive under the bonnet of the RS5 – not a bad consolation prize for a luxury car buyer looking to become part of the 500 Horsepower Club.

[Source: Inside Line]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks great with its top off but looks funny with its top on.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think this is a common theme....
        • 5 Years Ago
        The only convertable that I know of that looks good both up and down is the MB SLK. All the rest always look awkward with the top up. Usually because the profile of the rear deck and window had to be modified from the regular version
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thank you Audi.

      I've been saying this for months, I don't want the V10.

      Guess I wont be picking up the RS5.

        • 5 Years Ago
        That's exactly what the wife said.

        I may be the only guy, but I really dislike the profile of the coupe. The roofline bugs me. I kept saying if they would only make a convertible version it would be perfect.

        I love the S5 proportions. It's the only car i've ever seen that looks bland in pics and positively sinful in person, but I hate the detuned V8. It drives like mush. I also much prefer 3 pedals. RS5 is gorgeous and has an engine I already love, so I started making plans despite the DCT.

        Now the R8 version I've always wanted may come to fruition. No more funny roofline, V8 right behind the head. Much more affordable. This is full of win.

        But 'tween you and me, I keep my eyes open for the perfectly priced used R8 coupe. I'm no dummy
        • 5 Years Ago
        so you went from.... awd+v10+spyder to awd+v8+coupe to awd+v8+spyder... why not just grab the R8 V8 (non spyder)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why would a 4.2 version be a "fashion statement" vs. the V10? I'm sorry, but the 4.2 is a tremendous plant and the $30k savings is quite a lot. I think you guys are playing armchair marketing rather than thinking like enthusiasts.
        • 5 Years Ago
        especially if it rev's a bit higher and has 450 hp :)... and an optional 7 speed dsg :p
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. I love the V8 version - I prefer it as a daily supercar to the V10 having driven both. In fact, I prefer it...full stop.

        I'd take the the V8 drop top and spend the 30K savings on some nice old classic.
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