Whichever way you look at it, Audi has stuck to its guns with the all-new 2016 R8. The firm has refined the car’s bodywork, upped its power, and trimmed the fat – all important ingredients in the supercar recipe. But Audi’s decision not to overly revolutionize the R8 has left some fans wanting more.
To those fans we say, “hold your horses.” Because if these new renders from X-Tomi Design reflect the R8′s upcoming convertible version – the R8 Spyder – it should be an absolute stunner. In fact, it might just be the one to have. Check out the new R8 hardtop here for comparison.
The striking drop-top does well to enhance the coupe’s new hard-lined features, from its chunky and angular side scoops, to its squared off rear end, and especially its vented rear deck, which replaces the standard car’s glass canopy.
Where most convertibles look more like an afterthought, this conceptualization looks purposeful and mighty attractive… much in the same way that the Porsche 918 Spyder looks better with the top down, than up.
Audi is mum on when the 2016 R8 Spyder will make its figure known to the world, though the drop-top supercar is expected to make its production debut early next year.
Regardless of convertible or coupe, the R8′s performance figures prove it can get can certainly get the job done. The new R8 weighs roughly 110 pounds less than the old version, and will arrive boasting two flavors of its 5.2-liter V10 – a standard 532hp version, and a searing 602hp version. Zero to 60 mph? That will take just 3.2 seconds. Start saving now.