Audi R8 Spyder gets V8 power

* R8 Spyder gets a 424bhp 4.2 V8 engine * 0-62mph 4.8 seconds * Available to order now...

Audi R8 Spyder gets V8 power

Audi's R8 Spyder supercar will now be available with a V8 engine.

The 4.2-litre unit, which joins the existing V10, is a revised version of the one already used in the R8 coupe and develops 424bhp. Its enough to power the Spyder from 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 186mph.

It comes with the choice of two six-speed gearboxes, either a manual or a semi-automatic R tronic, with the complete package costing 95,545 and 100,855 respectively.

Both versions will go on sale alongside the existing 518bhp V10-powered car, which at 112,500 costs about 7000 more than the V8 model.

The standard specification on the V8 Spyder mirrors that of the V8 Coupe, but with the addition of metallic paint, and heated and electrically adjusted seats. It also extends to Bluetooth phone preparation, which includes seatbelt-mounted microphones, which Audi says make it possible to hold a conversation even with the top down on the motorway.

Like the V10 car, the V8 model has an electrically operated hood, which can be lowered in 19 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph.

The car is available to order now, with first deliveries to customers in January next year.