2011 Audi R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI, an AutoWeek Drivers Log Car Review

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2011 Audi R8 spyder  Photo by: David Arnouts 2011 Audi R8 spyder . Photo by David Arnouts.

2011 Audi R8 spyder  Photo by: David Arnouts 2011 Audi R8 spyder . Photo by David Arnouts.

2011 Audi R8 spyder  Photo by: David Arnouts 2011 Audi R8 spyder . Photo by David Arnouts.

2011 Audi R8 spyder  Photo by: David Arnouts 2011 Audi R8 spyder . Photo by David Arnouts.

2011 Audi R8 spyder  Photo by: David Arnouts 2011 Audi R8 spyder . Photo by David Arnouts.

2011 Audi R8 spyder  Photo by: David Arnouts 2011 Audi R8 spyder . Photo by David Arnouts.

2011 Audi R8 spyder  Photo by: David Arnouts 2011 Audi R8 spyder . Photo by David Arnouts.

2011 Audi R8 spyder  Photo by: David Arnouts 2011 Audi R8 spyder . Photo by David Arnouts.

By: Wes Raynal on 8/03/2011

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EDITOR WES RAYNAL: I surprised myself by not loving petroleum 2011 Audi R8 Spyder by means of the 4.2-liter V8. I motionless similar to it a lot, so don't get me wrong--it's beautiful to seem at in,within and out, well-built and abundance fast. The cockpit is comfortable, and it's simple to drive firm since there's traction galore. I came uninteresting close to its maximum; one actually can't on community roads on a drive house and rear to the office. I consideration the chassis was nice and rigid for a ragtop, and there's insane attract authority so as to doesn't distress the chassis in the slightest.

So why don't I love it? Because it doesn't go,shift me similar to a Porsche 911 Turbo adaptable (which, to my astonishment, costs fewer supposed this) or still an S, and for petroleum type of dough it should. The R8 has a comfortable, Audi-like ride, approximately similar to so as to of the company's sedans, at what time you're now cruising along. The R8 can be driven similar to any ol' car, as sedately as you'd like.

And that's the thing: It large similar to a lot of additional Audis. In additional words, in conditions of tactility and sense from side to side the pedals (and outright surges of power), the Porsche now performs on a height so as to petroleum Audi just can't achieve. The 911 family now large additional living supposed petroleum car.

I understand it's stupid to say, "Well, I can get the Porsche for less." People in the marketplace for the Audi can probably afford the Porsche as well, and in fact, so as to strength be the ultimate solution--have both.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR JONATHAN WONG: Wes construct a number of outstanding mark concerning petroleum R8 Spyder 4.2. The V8 by means of "only" 430 hp doesn't give the wallop you stay for a $160,000 supercar to possess. On the advantage side, the exhaust note at wide-open throttle is magnificent.

We had abundance of occasion by means of the R8 coupe by means of the V8 throughout our long-term stint a pair existence back. While I appreciated so as to car for its attention and its aptitude to engage in recreation the fraction of at ease cruiser and world-class bend carver at what time pushed, a drive of the 5.2-liter V10 account ruined the lesser R8 for me a little.

The additional thrust as of the V10 construct you speculate why Audi still bothers throwing the V8 in petroleum car. A flagship presentation car be hypothetical to go,shift you and create by means of jaw drop. The V8 now doesn't do so as to to me. Of course, I do be acquainted with why Audi rapidly the 4.2 as the base-price dissimilarity recognized by the V8 and the V10 on the Spyder is a hefty $33,300.

No matter, I was motionless impressed by means of petroleum Spyder's chassis, construct is impressively rigid with no the set top on top of you. You can thank reinforcements to the sills, tunnel, pillars and floorpan. Granted, I didn't shove the car chiefly firm on my moist night, but the car become paler R8-solid.

Steering is straight by means of nice heaviness tuned eager on the wheel. The suspension keeps the car planted in game mode, and the gated shifter on the six-speed physical broadcast is a joy to use. One physically powerful suit of the V8, besides its stellar exhaust note, is so as to throttle reply is sensational.

Where the R8 actually captivates is in its looks. It stands outs and surely attention the supercar part. And I presume casual observers won't pay notice to the R8 existence form a V8 replica in its place of the V10. But as of at the back the wheel, the intended now doesn't sense as involved, construct is a shame as of an enthusiast tip of view.

EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROGER HART: While comparing petroleum Audi R8 Spyder to a Porsche 911cabriolet is easy, I'm not certain it's apples to apples. The R8 adaptable is truthfully a limited-edition model. Maybe a pair hundred cars are destined to approach to the United States? Maybe? And as of a pure "wow" factor, the R8 tops the 911. No disrespect to the 911 at all, but the R8 now has the seem of an foreign supercar. While the 911 behaves as a supercar, its seem has person's name continually refined for five decades, so it doesn't bring the knockout punch the R8 fake visually.

As Wes mentioned, the R8 is very capable in all it does--cornering, attract and accelerating. Granted, the car counting be way additional fun by means of the two extra cylinders, but petroleum car is no slouch. And I, for one, love the gated physical shifter, though I pinched my small finger as,at the same time as selecting overturn one time.

The convertible-top operation is as smooth and straightforward as can be. One button fake everything. And I remembered as of leaving on the car's open a pair of existence ago so as to one can operate the top as,at the same time as moving, a information so as to came in handy petroleum morning as the rain in progress to approach downward as,at the same time as hardness up to a discontinue sign. One shove of the console-mounted button and, concerning 15 place later, the top was in place. I too similar to the aptitude to lift and inferior the back casement by means of the shove of a button.

One of the nice plan rudiments in the R8 hardtop is considering the engine beneath the back cover. That's lost on the adaptable replica as,because the room is in use up by the top mechanism. But if convertibles are by means of thing, petroleum is actually a huge one to have. Easy operation and it attention terrific, particularly by means of the top down.

EXECUTIVE EDITOR--AUTOWEEK.COM BOB GRITZINGER: Taken on its own merits, the R8 is a certain smile producer, with no too a great deal of the supercar baggage. Sure, you contain to contract by means of the looks, stares and crowds of populace asking questions, but for the the majority part, the car is quite sane to drive. And sane is good, particularly in a car so as to urges you to shove the edge of insanity.

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I enjoyed the top-down drive, and I believe the car--like the majority convertibles--looks the majority excellent by means of the top stowed away. But by means of the top up, the car is motionless a blast to drive, and I chiefly similar to the information so as to the back casement determination revolve down, allowing all of the aural delights of a convertible, but in a fewer windblown package.

The car reminds me of our long-term Audi S4, on a low dose of steroids. I might surely create do by means of a mere knowledge cylinders.

NEWS EDITOR GREG MIGLIORE: The clink of the gate of the six-speed manual, the heaviness of the steering wheel, the instant bite of the brakes--the R8 Sypder rewards the intended who type to be busy yet too seeks to journey in comfort.

My preferred communication by means of the R8 came as of the shifter. It was simple to operate, the grasp was nicely weighted, and I truthfully appreciated the ultramodern yet slightly old-school manner in construct the intended can thwack eager on gear. There's nothing jarring concerning it; it's just a pleasing sound. The broadcast itself is silky, but so as to gearbox construct it still additional of a drive thanks to the tactile knowledge for the operator.

The attention and aesthetics of the R8 Spyder are next to none. Viewed as of the louvered engine wrap in the rear, petroleum obsession attention similar to an open-air missile. The blades on the doors, the present and signature grille--I believe the R8 is the definition of halo car.

I opened the top for the drive eager on work, and it's an intricate, choreographed procedure so as to is transfixing to watch. With the windows up and the ambient temperatures hovering in the 60s as the sun kissed the teardrop gauges, it was truthfully car catharsis.

The interior, by means of its sleek, cocooning carbon-fiber inserts, attention as athletic as the exterior. Really, the R8 is a extremely usable supercar, but at the similar occasion downshifting and summoning the excellent revs construct one sense similar to a pilot. And that's how a intended be hypothetical to feel.

MOTORSPORTS EDITOR MAC MORRISON: Some of you guys are talking similar to you've by no means driven petroleum car before--we had an R8 coupe long-term tester for a year, and frankly, I don't see any important profits to create me sense any dissimilar petroleum occasion around.

Everyone told me I was mad at what time I dared to suggest the R8 coupe was a bit too docile, too characteristically Audi-like, to create its intended sense as although he or she now piloting one of the world's premium presentation cars. Yet now, a pair existence later, I'm preliminary to see still Raynal (!) pending approximately to my tip of view.

That impression leftovers in petroleum Spyder. However, as,at the same time as I more often than not favor a known car's coupe shape in excess of its adaptable version, the conflicting is factual for me in petroleum case. With the top down, the R8 stay an injection of extra foreign flavor, and it surely causes hysterics of notice and admiration as of pedestrians, fellow drivers, valets and everybody else. The chassis leftovers fairly stiff, and I by no means noticed any important flex or cowl shake.

As my generation mention, it's extremely cool to inferior the sliver of glass--even by means of the top up--that masquerades as the back window. But if you don't fall the top completely, you're absent out. The V8, as,at the same time as motionless an underwhelming player in a car of petroleum ilk, construct hypnotic automatic tableware and moderator by means of an evenly pleasing growl of an exhaust tone. Open the throttle all the way--hard--while, say, heavy from side to side a tunnel or beneath a viaduct, and still the worst of existence melts away.

The ,whole Spyder large and tableware mechanical, as of the metallic clink of the goodness-that's-fun gated shifter to the straight ,act of exact steering manage and physically powerful brake action. The heavy place is spot-on as well; still for petroleum six-foot-one driver, it's ideal and by no means tiring. That is a high-quality thing, since you drive petroleum car all-out, firm as can be at each chance with no still scaring physically or emotion out of manage or in hazard of imminent disaster.

Still, there's now an constituent absent as of the V8-powered R8, coupe or Spyder. Raynal brings up 911s, and Hart inappropriately it strength not be the the majority excellent comparison. But I rear Raynal, since all the R8 boasts in excess of the Porsche--more exclusivity and an arguably sexier body--don't denote a damn obsession to me at what time I'm lucky sufficient to be the one who is flat-out at the back the chunky steering wheel.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR DAVID ARNOUTS: My prospect of the R8 Spyder now on the low surface as far as luxurious sports education cars go. I had in my brain so as to it was "only the V8." My impressions, however, now blown absent following a small bit of seat time.

Once in,within the R8 the fit was tight, similar to an luxurious leather heavy glove. It matches the nimble and violent exterior fairly well. To echo Bob's thoughts, the sane nature of the car is a bit astonishing at what time in commute conditions, but at what time additional is needed, the V8 delivers fairly well, surely additional than my limits as a driver.

The audible sound of the 4.2-liter V8 is attract by means of the top down. One be hypothetical to be ready to pay for so as to vice by means of an greater supposed before quantity of notice in the shape of armed violations.

My practical surface inappropriately petroleum counting be all I might desire or require as of an R8--the adaptable top for the beautiful existence and nights, and the all-wheel drive is a ideal prescription for creation it from side to side the drudgery of a Michigan winter.

2011 Audi R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI

Base Price: $131,950

As-Tested Price: $159,950

Drivetrain: 4.2-liter V8; AWD, six-speed manual

Output: 430 hp @ 7,800 rpm, 317 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

Curb Weight: 3,825 lb

Fuel Economy (EPA/AW): 14/13.2 mpg

Options: Carbon-fiber sigma exterior wrap up ($8,100); improved leather education ($5,500); carbon-fiber sigma center inlays ($2,500); Audi navigation scheme ($2,100); convenience wrap up ($2,100); Bang & Olufsen premium sound scheme ($1,800); carbon-fiber engine-compartment inlays ($1,800); carbon-fiber sigma exterior mirrors ($1,400); carbon-fiber sigma door sill inserts ($1,050); 19-inch titanium-finish alloy wheels ($500); black leather wrap up by means of contrast stitching ($250); perforated game steering wheel ($250)

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