Self Study Program 653 – Audi R8 Spyder (Type 4S)

VAG SSP 653. The new open-top high-performance sports-car continues the Audi R8 success story. It began in 2007 with the market launch of the Audi R8 Coupé (Type 42), which was followed by the

Audi R8 Spyder (Type 42) in 2010. Almost 27,000 units have now been sold of both variants. They demonstrate the high-tech skills of Audi and the brand’s close association with motor sport.

The new Audi R8 Spyder (Type 4S) reveals its dynamic character from the very first glimpse. The forward-shifted passenger compartment, the conspicuously accented wheel arches and the long tail lend it the classic proportions of a mid-engine sports-car.

Compared with its predecessor, the new Audi R8 Spyder is 14 mm shorter with an overall length of 4,426 mm. Widthways it has expanded by 36 mm to 1,940 mm. The overall height of 1,244 mm is the same as the 1st-generation Audi R8 Spyder, as is the wheelbase
of 2,650 mm.

The road and wind noise perceptible to occupants is now substantially less than in the previous model. And the air turbulence at head height when the top is down has also been reduced.

For even greater comfort, there is a wind deflector made of synthetic fabric. It reduces the back-flow in the head area by around 90% and in the shoulder/neck area by 80%.

In addition to the fabric wind deflector, the rear window can also be used as a wind deflector when the top is down. With the window lowered on the other hand, occupants can fully appreciate the characteristic throaty roar of the V10 power unit.

The Audi R8 Spyder (Type 4S) is almost entirely hand-crafted at a specially constructed production facility near to Neckarsulm called “Audi Böllinger Höfe”. The site represents and expansion of the quattro GmbH small series capabilities. The manufacturing character of the production facility offers extensive scope for satisfying specific customer wishes.

The bodywork attachments such as front spoiler and diffuser can be individually specified, as can the distinctive side blades – with the option of high-gloss carbon fibre, for instance.


  • Introduction
    • Introduction
    • Dimensions
  • Body
    • Introduction
  • Soft-top
    • Introduction
    • Components
  • Soft-top control system
    • Soft-top drive unit
    • Overview
    • Soft-top operation and display indications
    • Functional sequence when raising and lowering the soft-top
    • Components of the soft-top control system
    • Rear window
  • Powertrain units
    • 5.2l V10 FSI engine
  • Power transmission
    • Overview
  • Suspension
    • Overview
  • Electrics and electronics
    • Topology
    • Rear window module
  • Air conditioning
    • Overview
  • Safety and driver assistance systems
    • Passive safety
    • Assistance systems
  • Infotainment and Audi connect
    • Overview of versions
    • Sound systems
    • Aerials overview
  • Inspection and maintenance
    • Overview
  • Appendix
    • Self study programmes

The Self Study Programme teaches a basic knowledge of the design and mode of operation of new models, new automotive components or new technologies.
It is not a Repair Manual! Figures are given for explanatory purposes only and refer to the data valid at the time of preparation of the SSP. This content is not updated.
For further information on maintenance and repair work, always refer to the current technical literature.

Language: English
Format: PDF
Pages: 88

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