Audi sets R8 Spyder 5.2 Quattro price at $161,000

The first open-top Audi supercar, which has a top speed of 195 mph, will begin rolling into U.S. showrooms as soon as next month.

The V-10 Audi R8 Spyder's engine generates 525 horsepower and a top speed of 195 mph.
The V-10 Audi R8 Spyder's engine generates 525 horsepower and a top speed of 195 mph. Audi

Tony Stark drove the 2011 R8 Spyder 5.2 Quattro supercar in "Iron Man 2," now you can too for a mere $161,000, Audi today announced. The first open-top Audi supercar, which has a top speed of 195 mph, will begin rolling into U.S. showrooms as soon as next month.

The R8 Spyder 5.2 Quattro differs from the classic Audi look--there are no signature sideblades on the Spyder. Another significant difference on the R8 Spyder is the use of dramatic Aluminum Optic vents on the new rear engine cover and aluminum a-pillars. Last year, CNET's Antuan Goodwin compared the R8 Spyder with the Gallardo Spyder.

The Spyder features thermal-resistant leather seats that are colored with pigments that can cool hot seats by as much as 68 degrees--even in direct sunlight. The sports car also has a Bluetooth system with a seat belt mounted microphone that operates clearly even with the top down.

Audi today also said it intends to sell the Audi RS5 in the U.S. market starting in 2012.

The 4.2-liter V-8 engine in the Audi RS5 Coupe generates 450 horsepower. Audi will release details on the RS5's equipment levels, pricing, and fuel economy standards at a later date.

 

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