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Video: Audi R8 V10 Spyder road test

Deon Schoeman

The Audi R8 Spyder has all the elements required of a supercar: power, handling, noise and looks that quite literally stop the traffic. Its 397 kW V10 is a particular highlight. Despite packing the ability that it does, it’s also surprisingly capable in everyday terms – it’s comfortable in traffic and doesn’t mind a low speed cruise. All-in-all, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable machine.

VITAL STATS

Make and model: Audi R8 Spyder V10
Engine: V10, 5 204 cc
Power: 397 kW @ 7 800 rpm
Torque: 540 Nm @ 6 500 rpm
Power-to-weight ratio: 230,81 kW/ton
Gearbox: Seven-speed dual clutch, AWD
Wheels/tyres: 20-inch alloy 245/30 R20 (f) 305/30 R20 (r)

0-100 km/h: 3,6 sec
Top speed: 318 km/h
Fuel tank capacity: 80 litres
Fuel consumption (claimed/tested): 11,7 / 19,6 liters/100km
Operating range (claimed/tested): 684 km / 408 km
CO2 emissions: 277 g/km

PROS
An incredibly enjoyable machine for a relative bargain.
CONS
Not ultimately involving.

Retail price / as tested        R2 905 500/R3 552 980

Key rivals
Ferrari California T: R4 392 000
Maserati GranCabrio MC: R3 557 448
Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster: R2 615 746

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