Audi R8 Spyder review

Category: Sports car

Section: Costs & verdict

Audi R8 Spyder 2019 RHD front seats
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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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Audi R8 Spyder 2019 RHD front seats

Overview

The R8 Spyder is ferociously quick, and it has one of the best engines of any car on sale. However, if you’re looking for the ultimate driving experience its rivals from McLaren and Porsche are more involving.

  • Mighty V10 engine
  • High-quality interior
  • Terrific performance
  • Not as practical as a 911
  • Some of its rivals are better to drive
New car deals
Target Price from £141,495
or from £1,786pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Nearly new deals
From £167,990