If you’re looking for open air sensations from Audi’s sportiest model, than look no further, as we’ve got the thing for you!
Arguably a more aesthetically pleasing experience than the coupe, the convertible supercar feels more slippery and silky regarding its exterior appearance. The Spyder, in standard configuration, doesn’t have the side intake cover painted in a different colour that the rest of the body, like the coupe has, which does make a difference. It appears to be much cleaner and smoother looking than the coupe, as the air intakes seamlessly integrate into the body work and make the car more organic.
Also, it comes with four wheel drive as standard, as well as polished alloy 19 inch wheels. Leather upholstery and sat-nav are standard options, but if you’re looking to further individualize your car, expect a serious bill, as the extra options are a bit expensive. The soft top has sound insulation, which means that wind noise will not seep into the cabin and you can carry on a conversation pretty much undisturbed; that is, if you don’t excessively rev the engine! The V10, as opposed to the V8, receives as standard features a myriad of options, among which we mention Nappa leather upholstery, a premium 12 speaker Bang & Olufsen system that delivers 456 watts, as well as heated seats, a rear view camera and front and rear parking sensors.
As opposed to other convertibles, chopping off the top did not come with excessive weight. The reinforcements meant to stiffen the structure of the car barely make their mark, as the handling still feels precise and sharp. In tight turns, the weight isn’t noticeable, as it is, for example in the RS5 Cabrio, so this is a thing to appreciate in the Spyder.
The engine line-up consists of two choices – a 4.2-litre V8 and a 5.2-litre V10. Unlike some other supercar manufacturers, Audi has opted to give its buyers a little bit more freedom in selecting their power plant, as most of the companies out there manufacture a certain model with only a specific engine choice.
The engines themselves offer remarkable dynamic performance; a thing to note is that the V10 is the one shared by the now discontinued Lamborghini Gallardo. Moreover, the same power plant is also the most powerful, producing 525 horsepower at 8.000 rpm and 391 lb ft of torque at 6.500 rpm.
The redline comes at 8.700 rpm and the noise is fantastic; find a tunnel and your senses will be assaulted by a combination of rough wails and short downshift barks that is guaranteed to raise the hairs on your neck.