You probably already knew the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder was on its way, but until now, photos of the impending drop top supercar had yet to surface. Spy photographers caught the new R8 Spyder out testing prior to a potential debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, and if you ignore the camouflage, this prototype looks just about ready for the showroom floor.
Based on these spy photos, we can tell exactly what the 2017 R8 Spyder will look like, even with the expected prototype camouflage applied. There doesn’t appear to be any surprises in store, with the ragtop R8 looking like a restrained evolution of the previous generation model.
Many changes will have happened beneath the 2017 R8 Spyder’s skin when it’s released despite the similar outward appearance. Thanks to the second-generation R8’s more ridged body structure, the new R8 Spyder is expected to weight about the same as the coupe, rather than being 200 pounds heavier like before.
Just as with the coupe, the R8 Spyder will first solely be offered with the 5.2-liter V10 only, which produces 540 horsepower in standard trim or 610 horsepower in V10 plus trim. A seven-speed S-Tronic dual clutch transmission will remain the sole engine option.
Check out the spy photos over on Motor Authority before the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder makes its worldwide debut.