Audi R8 Open

The Essentials

  • Price from £96,625
  • What Car? says: 5 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 19.6mpg
  • What is it? It's hard to think of a more useable everyday drop-top supercar

Great

  • Looks amazing, inside and out
  • Phenomenally fast and sounds fabulous
  • Beautifully refined for a soft-top

Gripes

  • Semi-auto gearbox isn't great
  • Not much space inside
  • Running costs are going to sting
  • Drive

    Delivers monumental performance, and handles brilliantly

  • Inside

    Looks and feels like a supercar - but Audi's central control system isn't as slick to use as the car is to drive

  • Safety

    All the gadgets you'd expect plus the real secret weapon in those powerful brakes and the awesome grip

  • Reliability

    Flawless quality and build should keep it out of the garage and on the road

  • Space

    Pack light - the only storage is under the bonnet

  • Standard and extras

    Plenty as standard, but V8 doesn't get the sat-nav or parking sensors. Avoid the pricey semi-auto gearbox

  • What's it like to drive?

    If you really love driving, we challenge you not to love driving the Audi R8 Spyder. There's an enormous amount of power waiting to be unleashed, and it will shoot you to 60mph in under 5 seconds should you require it (or even quicker if you go for the eye-watering V10 version.) Matching this is enough grip to leave a bruise on the Tarmac so you can whip round corners without batting an eyelid. The engine will roar deliciously under pressure but is refined enough to let you enjoy the birdsong should you wish to take things more gently. The R8 comes as a manual as standard but the optional S tronic automatic, which you operate with paddles behind the steering wheel, offers lightning quick gear shifts.

  • What's it like inside?

    If you want to feel like a celebrity, slide yourself into the driver's seat and check for paparazzi - the Audi R8 Spyder makes anyone feel special. Sporty touches include the carbon-fibre door handles, aluminium details and flat-bottomed steering wheel. You and your passenger should be able to get comfortable in the sports seats but pack light - the only storage is under the bonnet.

  • How reliable is it?

    If the workmanship and engineering is anything to go by, then you can rest assured that the Audi R8 will do you proud. It's immaculate both inside and out. Audi's Quattro four-wheel drive system and engines are well-proven and certainly worthy of this thoroughbred car.
    The R8 Spyder has so much grip and such strong brakes that getting into trouble is going to be a challenge, but should you manage it four airbags and myriad electronic driver aids will do their best to keep you safe.

  • Should I buy one?

    If you're splashing out around 100k on a new Audi R8 Spyder you're probably not losing sleep about petrol prices. Like most supercars, it will cost a lot to run but you can console yourself that it is a sound investment. Limited supply and huge demand are keeping resale values high.