Audi R8 Spyder Owner’s Guide

The Audi R8 Spyder adds a distinct element to the highly revered R8 Coupe. That notable feature is a drop top. With the top up or down the Spyder is a true supercar with a racecar heritage that’s just as nice to look at as it is to drive.

Few people will have the pleasure of owning one, but here’s a quick look at what it’s like to drive an Audi R8 Spyder in Austin.

The Audi R8 Spyder Model Essentials

When you cruise around in an Audi R8 Spyder model be prepared to get a lot of attention. Motorheads are going to respect the power and performance, and everyone else will be floored by the unique design that positively screams supercar.


From carbon fiber construction to the dynamic all-wheel drive, the Audi R8 Spyder model is designed to go fast. The Spyder’s 5.2-liter FSI® dual-injection V10 engine is no joke. It cranks out major horsepower and accelerates with very little effort. But if it’s just not powerful enough for you, there’s always to option to upgrade to the V10 Plus engine.

Performance features and specs that set the new Audi R8 Spyder apart include:

  • Up to 532 horsepower
  • 0-to-60 in 3.5 seconds
  • Up to 398 lb-ft torque
  • Up to 18 MPG combined
  • Top track speed of 198 MPH
  • Seven-speed S tronic® dual-clutch transmission
  • Quattro® all-wheel drive

  • 40-valve DOHC with continuous intake
  • Audi magnetic ride
  • Audi drive select system with four modes
  • Electromechanical power steering
  • Aluminum double wishbone suspension
  • Cruise control with multiple settings
  • Parking system plus
  • Brake assist
  • Twin trapezoidal exhaust outlets

Audi R8 Spyder Pricing

The R8 Spyder is the most expensive vehicle in Audi’s lineup. It starts at a cool $177,100 before any extras and add-ons like bumping it up to the V10 Plus engine.  

Tech Features

Like the TT Roadster, one of the Spyder’s most innovative features is its retractable roof. In just 20 seconds the roof can go up or down, and you don’t even have to stop since the roof operates at speeds up to 31 MPH. Once you slip into the driver’s seat you’ll quickly notice the advanced technology doesn’t end at the roof.  

The new Audi R8 Spyder’s most notable tech features include:

  • Audi virtual cockpit with three modes
  • Audi laser light technology (Plus model)
  • MMI® touch with handwriting-recognition technology
  • MMI® Navigation plus
  • Voice control system
  • Audi connect®
  • Bang and Olufsen sound system with 13 speakers
  • Dual SDXC slots
  • 2 USB ports
  • Rearview camera
  • Parking sensors in front and back
  • BLUETOOTH wireless technology
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • 18-way heated power front seats
  • Active rollover protection system
  • Audi smartphone interface

Common Audi R8 Spyder Maintenance in Austin

Love the silky smooth ride of an Audi R8 Spyder? Want to keep it that way and protect your investment? Then regular maintenance is an absolute must. Maintenance measures for the Audi R8 Spyder include:

  • Safety inspections
  • Fluid checks
  • Engine oil and oil filter changes
  • Brake system checks
  • Brake fluid replacement
  • Tire rotation

The Audi R8 Spyder is a special car, so why not give it the type of maintenance it really deserves? At German Auto Center we’ll create a custom maintenance schedule that goes above and beyond the standard practice to meet your personal driving preferences. Stop by the shop to talk with a tech about your maintenance needs.

Audi R8 Spyder Repair in Austin

Even supercars may need a repair every now and then. It’s not a regular occurence, but owners may notice issues similar to the R8 Coupe. The repairs you’re most likely to need with an Audi R8 Spyder include:

  • Gearbox ventilation hose replacement
  • Front suspension repair
  • Body repair
  • Clutch replacement
  • Intake manifold replacement

In October 2018 Audi recalled the R8 Coupe and R8 Spyder due to fire risks. Around 1,900 cars were affected by possible transmission fluid leaks that could spark off in a hot engine.

You can’t trust a supercar to just any mechanic. At German Auto Center you get exemplary Audi R8 Spyder service in Austin that’s every bit as reliable as the dealership. Our shop has been servicing luxury German automobiles for over 50 years and our crew of technicians have 100+ combined years of experience.

Give us a call to get custom Audi R8 Spyder maintenance, repairs and performance upgrades!