• Jul 23, 2010
2011 Audi RS5 – Click above for high-res image gallery

The on-again/off-again rumors about whether or not Americans will get to sample the hotter-than-hot Audi RS5 Coupe end now – the automaker has officially stated that the coupe will hit the States sometime in 2012. Yes, that's a bit later than what had originally been speculated, but we're still stoked that Audi has decided to include us on the RS5 goodness. No mechanical changes will be made to the coupe before it launches in the U.S., so the high-revving 450-horsepower V8 will still be intact. Awesome.

But in the meantime, we have lots of other Audi hotness hitting the streets, including the sexy R8 Spyder, which goes on sale next month. Audi has officially priced the topless R8 from $161,000 (not including the $1,250 destination charge) for six-speed manual models. If you want the six-speed R-tronic manu-matic (and you don't), be prepared to shell out an additional ... wait for it ... $9,000. Just stick with the manual – trust us on this one.

The full details are available in Audi's press release after the jump, and be sure to scroll through the galleries below to gaze upon the RS5 and R8 Spyder in all their glory.




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Audi sets 2011 Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 quattro prices; confirms Audi RS5 Coupe is coming to U.S.

- The first open-top Audi supercar will begin at $161,000 MSRP
- The V10 Audi R8 Spyder achieves 525-hp and a top speed of 195 mph
- Planned arrival for the RS5 Coupe in the U.S. market is 2012

HERNDON, Va., Jul 23, 2010 - Audi today announced that pricing for the new 2011 R8 Spyder 5.2 quattro® supercar will begin at $161,000 with the first of the hand-assembled models reaching U.S. showrooms as soon as next month.

Audi also confirmed today that it intends to sell the Audi RS5 in the U.S. market starting in 2012. The high-revving 4.2-liter V8 engine in the Audi RS5 Coupe generates 450 horsepower. Like all Audi RS models sold in Europe and other markets, the RS5 Coupe applies its power to the road with quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Details on equipment levels, pricing and fuel economy standards will be released at a later date.

Anticipation has been building for the arrival of the first Audi open-top supercar since it appeared as the car of choice for main character Tony Stark in the blockbuster action film Iron Man 2. The newest Audi R8 maintains the perfect balance of form and function that has distinguished coupe models in the R8 sports car family. But the R8 Spyder adds innovative touches that integrate the soft top without altering the dynamic styling lines, optimal weight distribution or high-performance characteristics of the coupe models.

The 2011 model-year MSRP for the R8 Spyder 5.2 quattro is as follows:

2011 R8 Spyder 5.2 quattro (V10) pricing (excluding $1,250 destination charge, taxes, title, options and dealer charges):
R8 Spyder 5.2 quattro (manual) $161,000
R8 Spyder 5.2 quattro (R tronic) $170,000

Among the innovative features is the soft top, which weighs just 66 pounds and folds or opens in just 19 seconds up to 31 mph. It combines with a heated safety glass rear window that can be extended or retracted with the top up or down. The soft top features triple layer insulation for interior acoustics and comfort close to levels enjoyed in the coupes.

Inside, the Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 quattro seats use thermal-resistant leather, which is colored with pigments that can cool hot seats by as much as 68 degrees – even in direct sunlight. The sports car also includes the world's first Bluetooth® integration with seat belt microphone that operates clearly even with the top down.

The 2011 R8 Spyder 5.2 quattro features the same V10 engine found in the R8 LMS racecar and the R8 5.2 quattro coupe. It achieves 525 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 391 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm. The top track speed for the R8 Spyder is 195 mph with a 0-60 mph time of 4 seconds.

One visible difference between the Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 quattro and the Audi R8 Coupe models is the absence of the signature sideblades on the Spyder – a design change that retains the coupe lines, while accentuating the unique characteristics of the open-top Spyder. Another significant difference on the R8 Spyder is the use of dramatic Aluminum Optic vents on the new rear engine cover and aluminum a-pillars.

Like all Audi R8 models, the R8 Spyder 5.2 quattro reflects the Audi commitment to lightweight construction for better handling and efficiency. The hallmark of the R8 Spyder is the industry-leading aluminum Audi Space Frame technology used for most of the body. The rear quarter-panel fenders and customized engine hood are made from Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers.


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  • 28 Comments
      • 4 Years Ago
      R8 spyder price is utter BS. I just saw an R8 V10 in the dealer for $165K MSRP. And was offered the car AT MSRP on the spot. Came close to doing it, but the $40K immediate depreciation upon signing on the dotted line stopped me.

      So...a $161K+ V8 spyder is ridiculous. I wanna V10 for that price.
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL. The R8 Spyder HAS A V10.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I had all sorts of fun things to say to Tiger, but the trustedcarsalesman said them all for me.

        You are a moron in the first degree. If you did have 160 to drop on anything, let alone a car, you wouldn't care about depreciation. You don't buy a car like that and worry about its residual value. Last year I bought a F430 and sold it just 45 days later, so I could get on the list to get a 458. I lost a lot of money on the deal, but it never came into the decision of whether I should sign on the dotted line or not.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @TigerMill,

        R-Tronic is an automated single-clutch manual transmission, not the dual-clutch S-Tronic found in the RS5, S4 and S5 cabriolet sold here.

        And yes, the $161K is for the R8 5.2 Spyder with 6MT. Per Audi's news site:

        "2011 R8 Spyder 5.2 quattro (V10) pricing (excluding $1,250 destination charge, taxes, title, options and dealer charges):
        R8 Spyder 5.2 quattro (manual) $161,000
        R8 Spyder 5.2 quattro (R tronic) $170,000"

        The pricing for the R8 4.2 Spyder has not been announced (much less availability) for the US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @TigerMil... RAAaawWRRR!!

        Lol. You are the exemplification of the idiot customer that we hate. I'm sure you posed like you were real serious about buying a $160k+ car that you clearly don't know sh!t about. I'm sure that sales proffessional appreciated you wasting his time. Was it worth it? Did you feel like a hot-shot?

        Where did you get your 40k depreciation number? Here is a V10 with 3k on it that is about to sell ON EBAY, for over 144k (with one hour left). This car had a sticker in the 150's.

        http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/AUDI-R8-5-2-V10-LOADED-PRISTINE-ONLY-3100-MILES-/180532885995?cmd=ViewItem&pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item2a089939eb


        While my job does have it's perks; dealing with arrogant morons like these really wears you down. But all-in-all, I'm glad he had this experience at the Audi dealer because he doesn't deserve to drive such a badass car. Hopefully he will go spend simmilar money on some dumb-ass AMG merc that actually WILL depreciate 40k once he drives it off the lot.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Umm that is the price for the v10, maybe you should learn to read.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Note...for $165K it had the manumatic, kind of a dual-clutch sequential IIRC.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ahhhhh yes another reminder on how low of a POS I am when it comes to income.

      I have a special key just for you rich folk
      • 4 Years Ago
      I may be in the minority here, but looks-wise, the RS5 does not match the 'regular' S5. Those lower front air dams really break up the clean design of the S5 and look too tacked-on for my tastes.
      That being said, I do love the sound of that 450hp engine!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Like the RS5 (maybe better w/a smaller grille). Maybe it will be different in 2 years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have an R8 V10 as well except I have the manual. While I love traditionally rowing through the gears, I agree with R8racer. The R8 is such a flexible super car, that it doesn't do it justice to just drive it at the track. It is a car that is comfortable to drive just about everyday, and I would be tempted to do that on a more regular basis if I didn't have the 6spd manny tranny.

      On the basis of the RS5, I really want one bad, but I'm not ready to put down cash at the dealer yet, even though I was asked about it when I picked up my S4 last week. After driving this 3.0SC for a few days though, I am very excited about the RS5 and RS4.

      I have loved everything Audi has done in the last few years. That is a company that is really getting it all together.
      Leo Liberman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Any indication of how much the RS5 will cost once it finally gets here?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll hate to see the V8 eventually depart, but that should mean its time for the next generation A5/S5/RS5 in 2012 or later
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great news!! I read a lot of magazines about the RS5 and it sure is a great car. I wonder why there's no price in the press release.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Audi usually announces their new models ahead of time and won't usually announce pricing until several months before they start arriving on our shores. For instance, pricing for the 2011 MY S4/S5s weren't sent to dealers until late-June/early-July.
      • 4 Years Ago
      RS5= one hot set of wheels
      • 4 Years Ago
      Danger, my wife already loves the S5.

      I could be a starter husband if she see's the RS5.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have 10,000 miles on my R8V10 and LOVE my R-tronic tranny. For autoblog to make the statement that you don't want the R-tronic is absurd and proves that you shouldn't make those comments from a day or two on the track. Real world driving demands flexibility and drivability options and the R-tronic allows just that. Not to mention it can shift faster than your test driver ever imagined! Best car I've ever owned by a long shot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Better late than never.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Am I the only one that read that as RS5 is coming to US at $161K?
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