It is hard to believe that the Audi R8 has been with us for four-years already. The convertible version, called the Spyder, is much newer. It has been on sale since 2010. When the R8 Spyder was first offered, it came with a V10 motor. From the 2011 model year onwards, you can opt to have the smaller, lighter and even more acoustic 4.2-liter, V8 engine. Smaller engine does mean less power, but at 420-hp and 317 lb/ft of torque, don’t expect this supercar to be slow.
0-100 km/h is dealt in 4.8 seconds (even though it feels a lot quicker), and top speed is 298 km/h. So it is fast enough to please the speed freaks among us.
With Quattro all-wheel drive, it can handle the speed through the corners also. This is one of the most planted cars in our market currently. But push it too far, and it will still scare you. It might be all-wheel drive, but its rear biased, so it will snap its tail out when you’re not paying attention.
However most people buy convertible supercars for their style, and the R8 Spyder doesn’t disappoint. Top up or down, it looks fantastic. Speaking of its top, it can be raised or lowered at speeds under 50 km/h. So if you’re operating the roof and the traffic light goes green, you can still complete the function on the move.
The wind buffeting even at highway speeds is very manageable, and with the roof down, you can hear its sonorous V8 motor even better as it revs to 8000 rpm. Finding the route home that includes tunnels becomes mandatory.
So if you want a convertible supercar and have $148,000 to spend, the R8 Spyder will certainly make you very happy indeed, even when you’re sitting in a traffic jam. Why? Because thanks to the R8’s spacious and comfortable interior, good ride quality, plus all the modern day conveniences you can think of, it takes the pain out of stressful commutes. So, you can easily live with one on a daily basis. Just don’t park it anywhere where you can’t keep an eye on it, it attracts more attention than an open jar of honey in a bee conservatory.