As usual we like to take our time to digest the automotive news cycle and wait until the hype has calmed down. Which is why we usual post new car news, of our liking, a few days after the official press release. A majority of motoring press releases are boring, we won’t bore you with the details.
Most of the time it gets interesting and then some as is the case with the new Audi R8 Spyder. Now we are not fans of convertibles because chopping off the roof means you loose structural rigidity.
The manufactures usual counter this by saying such convertible has been reinforced, and in some cases it’s true.
Having driven the Ferrari 458 Spider yes it is true you can not notice the difference between the coupe or the convertible in terms of handling.
But the problem will still exist in the back of the mind, that little bit of body flex impacting on the handling never subsides.
So we say here on DCB that convertibles are made for posers and therefore purchased by posers.
So if you are a poser then maybe you might want to know a little bit more about the new R8 Spyder. First of all it will cost you £119k., nealy £9k more than the hardtop. model. And don’t forget Audi always offer temptingly expensive extras. That’s where the real money is.
At the centre of it all is that naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 which is good for 532bhp, good for 0-62 in 3.7 seconds and goo for a not too shabby 197mph top speed.
But if you want a bit more edge then Audi offer a second tuned model derivative, the R8 Spyder Plus is a 610bhp beast. And of course its going to be a little bit faster.
The new R8 is a few mm wider and a few mm shorter than the old model and has been lightened by 113kg.
The R8 Spyder is AWD and features a 7-speed dual clutch transmission and that fabric roof can open and close in 20 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph.
And guess what? Audi says the R8’s structural rigidity has been improved by 50 percent. But at 1,612kg the R8 is around 150-200kg overweight in our opinion. Ditch the AWD system? Maybe.
Will the posers car about such details, no, no they will not.