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
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.