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.
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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