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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Audi R8 Spyder

£116,635£145,315
9/10
Overall verdict
One of the most joyous cars on sale gains extra character without a roof. Lovely.
 

For: 

Superstar looks, Premier League drivetrain

Against: 

Pricey after options, and not much room for luggage

Overview

What is it?

Simple, really: the drop-top version of the Audi R8. A car we already like rather a lot gets an extra dose of glamour.

The R8’s roof – a folding fabric affair that is mesmerising to watch, takes 20 seconds, and can be operated at up to 30mph – and its various mechanisms add a stocky 125kg to the R8, taking its kerb weight to an eek-inducing 1720kg (1695kg for the sportier R8 Spyder Plus). But you know what? It simply never feels that fat. Click on to read how…

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
5.2 FSI V10 Plus Quattro 2dr S Tronic
3.3s 309g/km 20.8 610 £145,315
The cheapest
5.2 FSI V10 Rear Wheel Series 2dr S Tronic
3.8s 286g/km 22.4 540 £116,635
The greenest
5.2 FSI V10 Rear Wheel Series 2dr S Tronic
3.8s 286g/km 22.4 540 £116,635
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