2012 Audi R8 V10 Spider
When Audi’s first R8 burst on to the supercar scene in 2006 with its V8 engine and aggressive, mid-engined styling, it was immediately hailed as a high-performance coupe that was also sensible and accessible enough to be used every day. But it wasn’t until the V10 version was revealed that the concept was approaching its true potential. And when the V10-powered convertible Spider arrived, many felt that perfection had finally been reached.
A Blistering Drive
The fitment of the Lamborghini-sourced V10 meanwhile, sent performance through the roof, yet the car was still expected to follow Audi-standard protocols when it came to driveability and practicality. That it achieved these targets while still offering such a blistering drive is testament to the sort of attention to detail for which Audi is rightly famous.
Two Seater Beauty
Although a strict two-seater with a distinctly low-slung stance, the R8 remains easier to enter and leave than many a mid-engined alternative. And while that layout can result in some interesting on-the-limit dynamics in some brands, the Audi is resolutely stable and confidence inspiring even at high speeds and high-G cornering.
The sweeping mid-engined layout can also often mean limited visibility from the driver’s seat, but again, Audi-branded common-sense rules the day. Not only is vision excellent, all the controls offer a familiar feel and require less familiarisation than many exotics. But if all this is making the Audi R8 V10 sounds anything less than completely absorbing and exciting to drive, then don’t be fooled; this is a supercar by any measure and one that can hold its own against the best from anywhere.
Features: 19-inch, titanium wheels, Audi Sport flat-bottom steering wheel, carbon-fibre trim, keyless entry and start, security system, active cruise-control, selectable drive modes, powered seats, navigation, Bluetooth connectivity.