Inside, the 2011 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. This is the kind of high-tech feature that appears first in a manufacturer’s most expensive models, then trickles down to the rest of the model line after a few years. That’s how we got anti-lock ABS brakes and cruise control in affordable family cars.
The 2011 Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 quattro features the same V10 engine found in the Audi R8 LMS racecar and the Audi R8 5.2 quattro coupe. It hits 525 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 391 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm. The convertible top also is fast. It folds or opens in just 19 seconds, even when you are driving up to 31 mph. The soft top features triple layer insulation, and Audi says the interior acoustics and comfort are nearly identical to that of the hardtop coupes. There’s also a heated safety glass rear window that can be raised or lowered whether the top is up or down.
Ah, yes, the 2011 Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 V10 quattro is a nice toy to play with. Another supercar is the Porsche 918 Spyder, which Porsche just announced it is producing. SpeedLux reports it will cost $630,000. The Porsche 918 Spyder is a plug-in hybrid. Read more about it on Green Car Examiner.