The Audi R8 Spyder is the convertible version of the R8 Coupé, a car we think is a superb supercar.
The Spyder uses the same naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 petrol engine as the Coupé (which it also shares with the Lamborghini Huracán. Unlike some convertibles, that can get wobbly when the fixed roof is removed, the Spyder feels as rigid as a rod of iron.
There’s only one power output in the Spyder – the more powerful Plus version you can order in the Coupé isn’t available – which means you have to ‘make do’ with just 533bhp. Still, that’s more than enough to let the Spyder keep pace with rivals such as the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet, Ferrari California T and Mercedes-AMG GT Convertible, and, like the 911, it comes with the added security of four-wheel drive.
Read on over the next few pages to see how the R8 Spyder compares with those prestige rivals.