Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Compared with convertible supercars such as the Ferrari 488 Spider and the Lamborghini Huracan Spider, the R8 Spyder looks extremely good value. However, it still costs considerably more than most versions of the highly entertaining Porsche 911 Cabriolet, and in its top-spec trims it’s not far off what you’d pay for a McLaren 570S.
With a fire-breathing 5.2-litre V10 engine, it's clearly not going to be cheap to run, and insurance, servicing costs, fuel consumption and road tax will all be extremely high. However, the R8 has sensible residual values, so if you’re planning on selling on in a few years the trade-in value should be good. If you want to finance one, the monthly payments will be high but competitive.
The R8 Spyder is well equipped. Highlights include 19in alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights and nappa leather-trimmed, heated and electrically adjustable sports seats. Climate control is standard, as is the 12.3in Virtual Cockpit, sat-nav, Bluetooth and DAB radio. Parking sensors front and rear and keyless entry also feature.
In fact, even a selection of metallic paint colours are included in the price, while a rear parking camera, cruise control and the switchable sports exhaust will be among the popular options.
Four airbags, an alarm and immobiliser all come as standard. A tracker is available as an official dealer-fit accessory, which many buyers will consider for the extra security it provides.
Going for the more expensive Performance model adds more power, as well as a 20in alloy wheel design, automatic high-beam, carbonfibre styling accents, ceramic brakes, bucket seats in a finer leather and a different sports steering wheel with a flat bottom. While its price doesn’t look outrageous next to some of the more exotic supercars, given its equipment and performance, we’d stick with the standard model, which is better value and just as rewarding to drive.
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