AUDI R8 V10 SPY­DER IM­PRESSES AT EV­ERY AN­GLE

The Audi R8 V10 has been well-re­garded since its launch, but how will the con­vert­ible ver­sion fare? Dar­ren Cassey finds out

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WHAT’S NEW?

The lat­est gen­er­a­tion Audi R8 coupe has been on the mar­ket for over a year now, so aside from the Spy­der’s re­tractable roof, there’s noth­ing par­tic­u­larly new to shout about. That’s not a prob­lem, though, be­cause the roof ’s open­ing and clos­ing mech­a­nism is worth a men­tion.

It takes 20 sec­onds to com­plete its move­ment, with the rear deck lift­ing up as arms twist and turn to ac­com­mo­date the cloth canopy.

LOOKS AND IM­AGE

Just one of the Audi R8 Spy­der’s many key sell­ing points is its gor­geous styling. It some­how man­ages to look un­der­stated, im­pos­ing and el­e­gant in equal mea­sure, es­pe­cially in the Day­tona grey pearl-ef­fect paint our car was daubed in. Qual­ity ex­udes from ev­ery inch of the car, from the perfect shut lines of the body to the min­i­mal­ist in­te­rior.

SPACE AND PRAC­TI­CAL­ITY

Su­per­cars aren’t known for be­ing spa­cious and prac­ti­cal, and so the R8 Spy­der strug­gles here. The afore­men­tioned driv­ing po­si­tion makes it less com­fort­able for tall folk, par­tic­u­larly on long-haul trips, and the lowslung seats re­quire learn­ing an undig­ni­fied slide and drop on en­try.

With the en­gine lo­cated in the mid­dle of the chas­sis and behind the driver, the only place to put lug­gage is in the front trunk.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Once you’re behind the wheel – and as­sum­ing you can fit – you start to for­get about any im­prac­ti­cal­i­ties. Thumb the big, red wheel-mounted starter but­ton and the mo­tor stut­ters for a mo­ment be­fore un­leash­ing the sound of 10 glo­ri­ous cylin­ders on your eardrums.

Out on the road, the R8 Spy­der is some­thing of a bat­ter­ing ram, of­fer­ing sear­ing per­for­mance when­ever you stamp the throt­tle.

VALUE FOR MONEY

It’s hard to talk about some­thing that costs a six-fig­ure sum be­ing value for money, but when you look at the build qual­ity, per­for­mance and de­sir­abil­ity in com­par­i­son with its ri­vals, it does seem like some­thing of a steal.

With a start­ing price of £129,990, it’s less ex­pen­sive than a Porsche 911 Turbo Cabri­o­let and much more ex­cit­ing to look at, too.

Nat­u­rally with ex­otic cars such as this, there are count­less ex­pen­sive op­tions to choose from. ‘Our’ R8 Spy­der came with about £30,000 worth of ex­tras, in­clud­ing £4,900 for the gloss carbon ex­te­rior styling pack, £3,150 for laser head­lights and £2,350 for 20-inch al­loys.

WHO WOULD BUY ONE?

This car is ideal for those with a lot of ex­pend­able in­come who want a week­end per­for­mance car that doesn’t scream ‘ look at me’.

For peo­ple who just want to en­joy the per­for­mance and au­ral plea­sure of a V10 scream­ing to­wards the red­line, the Spy­der should win out over the coupe.

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