4.2L V8-Powered Audi R8 Spyder Announced

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We all knew it was coming, but now Audi has made the inevitable announcement of its long-anticipated 4.2-litre V8-powered R8 Spyder official.

The R8 Spyder launched with only the 5.2-litre V10 for a pricier sum than the new 4.2-litre V8 will go far, the latter model capable of going head-to-head with similarly powered, well-optioned Porsche 911 Cabriolets and other premium drop-top offerings.

The new model gets something else that the 5.2 R8 Spyder lacked, a standard six-speed manual transmission in addition to the optional R-Tronic sequential-shifting, dual-clutch semi-automatic gearbox.

Quattro all-wheel drive is standard too, although the magnetic ride dampers and 19-inch rims make way for conventional dampers and 18-inch wheels respectively, although the upgraded components are available on the 4.2-litre car.

The braking setup remains unchanged with eight-piston front calipers and four-piston units in the rear, while carbon ceramic rotors and pads continue to only be available in Europe.

The same cloth top remains, but Audi hasn't released any photos of the 4.2, so there may be a few subtle styling details changed to differentiate the two models.

The R8 Spyder 4.2 will be available to Europeans in Q3 of this year, while a North American on-sale date has yet to be announced.

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Topics: Roadster, Audi, 2011, R8 4.2 FSI quattro Spyder, $99,999+,

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