Audi confirms R8 soft-top
Details are sketchy, but our sources tell us that the new model should reach showrooms during 2011.
We understand that it will have a full-length convertible roof. This is likely to be made of fabric, in sympathy with the R8's mid-engined layout - which restricts the use of hard-tops - and Audi's preference for soft tops.
Audi hasn't confirmed whether the R8 Cabriolet will use the V8 or V10 engine from the car's current line-up.
There's no word on prices, but we don't think you're likely to see much change from £85,000.
Key rivals for the R8 Cabriolet will be the Porsche 911 Cabriolet, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster and the replacement for Ferrari's F430 Spider.