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.
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 samethat powers the coupe, but hidden behind an opaque engine cover instead of under glass. But you never know, Audi's rumored 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.