Audi R8 leaks, looks oddly familiar

Images of the drop-top version of Audi's R8 have leaked onto the interwebs before the official unveiling at the 2009 Frankfurt auto show.

Audi R8 Spyder has leaked
Stay tuned for live shots of the Audi R8 Spyder as our coverage continues. Audi

We all knew this was coming, now we have photographic proof. Images of the drop-top version of Audi's R8 have leaked onto the interwebs before the official unveiling at the 2009 Frankfurt auto show.

You take the ugly one. No, you take the ugly one. Which one's the ugly one? Neither.
What does the upcoming R8 Spyder look like? Predicatably, something like the Gallardo Spyder. Audi/Lamborghini

Considering that the R8 coupe so closely resembles the Lamborghini Gallardo (with which it shares a platform), it's no surprise that the R8 Spyder looks a lot like an Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder with a German nose job. Like the new S5 Cabriolet, Audi will most likely equip the R8 with a powered canvas top rather than a heavier metal roof.

From the looks of the blurry photos, we expect that the Spyder will be powered by the same V-10 engine and Quattro drivetrain that powers the coupe, but hidden behind an opaque engine cover instead of under glass. But you never know, Audi's rumored electric powerplant may be hidden under that cowl.

We'll be bring you more details and better photos as they emerge as part of our continuing coverage of the 2009 Frankfurt auto show.

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