Interior and Exterior
The entire cockpit (monoposto) of the R8 is tilted toward the driver for maximum performance from both the car and the driver. The driver information system located in the middle of the instrument cluster offers the driver an eyes forward display of pertinent information such as current MPG status, navigation directions, estimated time and distance to destination, a lap timer as well as allowing you to scroll through your phone book, CD menu and radio presets.
The quality of materials and craftsmanship of the R8 interior is highlighted by refined Micrometallic inlays that extend throughout the cockpit. The sheer distinction of Carbon Fiber isn’t only limited to the exterior of the R8. Inside, available Carbon Fiber Sigma elements are featured in the monoposto driver’s cockpit, on the driver leg rest as well as the door handles and door inlays. Seats and other elements finished in standard Fine Nappa leather create a comfortable, supportive and luxurious experience no matter how long or short the trip may be. The 10-way power sport seats are furnished in Fine Nappa leather and include lumbar support and a heating feature to provide supreme comfort for the duration of any journey. The R8 Spyder 5.2 features exclusively designed thermal resistant leather, which ensures seat temperature no greater than 68º F even in direct sunlight
The race-inspired, lightweight, magnesium, three-spoke, leather-wrapped design has a performance look and feel that includes R tronic shift paddles [on vehicles equipped with R tronic transmission] for quick gear changes. The multifunction steering wheel provides easy access to MMI®-inspired logic control for CD, radio, navigation and voice control functions.
The same designers who created the Le Mans-winning prototypes also designed the R8. And not only does the R8 perform like the race car that the last nine out of eleven 24 Hour of Le Mans races, but it also bears the same track-dominating resemblance. From its wide stance, to its powerful wheels to the artful integration of exclusive materials like Carbon Fiber, the R8 is as unmistakable parked as it is in motion. This unmistakable presence is also due to the R8 being the world's first series-production vehicle to offer an available full LED headlight system. High beam, low beam, daytime running lights, mirror-housed turn signals and taillights all offer brilliant, unmistakable illumination. The R8 features a total of 24 LED daytime running lights, symbolic of Audi victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Although the R8 Spyder 5.2 is a convertible, it’s still very much designed for speed. In fact, the specially designed Acoustic top incorporates three-layers of insulation comparable to a traditional hard top. This means the R8 Spyder 5.2 is capable of reaching the 195 MPH top speed without hesitation. In addition, the top is capable of retracting in 19 seconds at speeds up to 31 MPH. The rear window offers the ability to be retracted whether the top is up or down. When the window is retracted during top down driving, it acts as a wind blocker to help reduce turbulence.
The R8 5.2 is distinguished by a number of exclusive features. Among them are the specially designed wheels, high gloss black grille, engine intakes, rear diffuser and Aluminum Optic engine vents. Every element comes together to form a car unlike any other. The R8 offers various optional sideblades that complement the stunning proportions of the R8 while increasing performance by directing air to the engine intake. The visible engine compartment reveals the engineering behind the powerful engine with standard LED lighting and Carbon Fiber Sigma engine bay.
Every detail of the R8 is designed for the sole purpose of performance. Amongst those details are the aerodynamically designed front, underbody, diffuser and side air intakes of the R8. These features help air flow to and from the engine bay for optimal cooling and performance. Nestled under a carbon fiber reinforced polymer cover, the R8 Spyder features Aluminum Optic engine vents and rear body panels. With its exclusive aesthetic and bold design, these exclusive design features distinguish the R8 from everything else on the road while highlighting the performance characteristics of the vehicle.