The convertible top of the new Audi R8 Spyder* integrates perfectly into the design line when closed. It stretches low above the body and extends to the rear in two long, slender fins. It’s large compartment cover is made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) and has two cowls, each of which encloses three ventilation slits. They extend to the service flap, where a wide opening joins the cowls. The V10 engine draws air in through these and the inlets in the sideblades. Flaps in the muffler manage the switching tasks and thereby control induction noise.
Typically Audi: lightweight cloth top
The convertible top’s substructure is made largely of lightweight materials such as magnesium and aluminum; the outer skin of cloth – typically Audi. The soft top weighs just 44 kilograms (97.0 lb), thus keeping the weight and center of gravity of the open-top, high-performance sports car low. An electro-hydraulic drive, whose 175-bar pump moves nine actuators, opens and closes the convertible top at the press of a button in just 20 seconds, and this can even be done while driving at speeds up to 50 km/h (31.1 mph).
When opened, the soft top folds like a Z into a flat storage compartment over the engine. The compartment cover moves fluidly on two seven-link hinges. The rear window is located between the passenger module and the convertible top module. Like the soft top, it can be moved electrically via a switch on the center tunnel console. When closed, the window blocks the wind; opened, it allows the rich sound of the V10 engine to flow into the interior. Turbulence at head level has been greatly reduced compared with the previous model. The optional wind deflector made of synthetic textile further increases comfort. It reduces the reverse flow around the head by approximately 90 percent and in the shoulder/neck zone by 80 percent.
Two strong steel sections pretensioned by springs serve as roll-over protection. They together with the top, its tray, the rear window compartment and the multiple-joint hinge for the carbon fiber-reinforced, hydraulically actuated convertible top compartment cover comprise the convertible top module.
The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.