Let's start quite profane. The Spyder is 11,300 euros more expensive than the coupé and 100 kg heavier. It is available as V8 and V10, two engines, which are very similar. The connection between the two you can recognize by the fact that they have the same single displacement and cylinder bank angle. The additional charge between both is for the Spyder and the Coupé equally € 41,600.
At first glance this sum seems greatly exaggerated for 70 kW (95 hp) and 100 Nm but at higher number of revolutions. However, one must not forget that a lot of extras of the V8 are standard on the V10. These include the direct shift gearbox, Magnetic Ride, the forged aluminum wheels, light package, a special seat configuration including leather, Bang Olufsen and navigation with MMI operation.
Both engines are also not far away from each other with regard to the maximum speeds, no hint of turbo. Here is the speed the master of performance, coupled with sonority and the driving pleasure so often demanded. Part of this is obviously, to turn off the ESP and then to drive with drifting rear end possibly. Audi has clearly designed the four-wheel drive of the R8 to oversteer like sports cars. Due to the system it is not quite so torsion-resistant as the coupé.
Unfortunately, the car placed its folding top exactly there, where you can take a look to the noble engine of the coupé from the outside. Inside, both are again very similar. If you order it with manual transmission, you get an open gate shift. The optional dual-clutch transmission can be operated by means of shift lever or from paddles on the steering wheel.
But why the yet relatively short soft top has about 800 parts? After all, it can be operated up to 50 km/h. However, you must clamp or remove the wind deflector still by hand. But if you want to go away with a partner longer than a weekend, then buy preferably the corresponding luggage set. 02/15