Most expensive Auid ever will cost from £109,580; on sale spring 2010
12 October 2009

Audi has launched its R8 Spyder in the UK for the first time at its new flagship London showroom.

The Audi R8 Spyder will be the firm’s most expensive model ever when it goes on sale in the spring, costing from £109,580 and £114,670 when equipped with the R tronic transmission.

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It uses the same 518bhp 5.2-litre V10 and all-wheel drive system as the 5.2 FSI R8 coupe.

Audi has fought hard to keep the weight gain down to a modest 100kg, despite extensive structural strengthening. “Torsional rigidity is not a problem,” an insider previously told Autocar.

Carbonfibre-reinforced plastic is used for the upper rear wings and the rear deck, which is dominated by two rows of cooling vents.

The fabric hood folds away in just 19sec at speeds of up to 31mph.

The car’s 4.1sec sprint to 60mph is the same as the hard-top’s, but the 194mph top speed is a shade lower. A cheaper V8 model is expected to follow the V10’s launch.

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12 October 2009

[quote Autocar]The Audi R8 Spyder will be the firm’s most expensive model ever when it goes on sale in the spring, costing from £109,580 and £114,670 when equipped with the R tronic transmission. [/quote]

£115k for an Audi! Who are they kidding, underpinned by a Lambo or not? There's plenty of much more prestige metal around at that price. Is this the same company that used to make rebadged VeeDubs at a premium only to see them rot away and fall to pieces in 5 years? (Harking back to the 70s).

12 October 2009

However... it remains one of only a handful of Audis that ride with any decorum, and it's really rather stunning, particularly in white and with the roof off. The badge might be naff but it still looks every part the supercar.

12 October 2009

It's a beautiful car, prefer it to the hardtop. Audi make attractive cars and it's nice to hear that they have everything else right with this car. The Audi A8 and R8 are the only models built at the Neckarsulm plant, so maybe the low build numbers helps produce a more hand built feeling, better made car.

12 October 2009

If I had around £100k to blow on a 2 seater convertible, I would be taking a good look at this. I don't like the hard top, but this looks quite nice!

I would much rather have one of these and some change in my pocket than buy a Ferrari...

13 October 2009

I think it's a very well resolved design and looks great - its capabilities are undeniable - making badge snobbery a moot point.

The same was true back inthe early eighties when Audi offered the Audi Quattro Sport to a limited number of eager buyers. At inflation adjusted prices - that cars list price would be over a quarter of a million euros if it were launched today. as it is, pristine examples of it go for 5 times that.

13 October 2009

115 grand?

I'd take a second hand Gallardo spider thanks.

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