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Audi R8 Spyder

Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: Audi R8 Spyder



What is it like on the road?

Audi R8 Spyder front three quarter blue

The stonking pace of its 533bhp V10 helps (602bhp if you spend an extra £15,000 on the R8 Spyder Plus), but it’s the agility of the car, aided by Quattro four-wheel-drive and the beguiling effects of its Performance Mode dial, that really astounds.

This is no harder to drive fast than an RS3, yet it’s oodles more fun. You’ll only notice dynamic compromises over the coupe – chiefly the odd bit of steering wheel wobble – if you actually look hard for them.

And the noise… You’d be forgiven for spending the extra £11k a Spyder commands over a coupe purely for the extra access you get to its cacophony of pops, crackles and naturally aspirated wail. It’s not a mature thing to enjoy, but sod it. It’s so much fun. The car is riotously fast, yet speed isn’t its selling point; instead, you savour the drama of building that speed. It’s wonderful.


How about something completely different?



Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

The AMG GT roadster is more hot rod-ish, and a bit sillier. Try both