Audi has always been one of our favourite brands and if you want the 4 interlocking rings on the grille of your car, you can buy yourself a basic A3 for just a touch over £15,000, but gradually, the top end Audi’s have been creeping up and up in price and with the launch of the German car makers flagship R8 Spyder, Audi have cracked the one hundred grand mark as the new car carries a £109,580 price tag.
So for those of you that fancy something a little different and clearly have a better job than I do, lets tell you a little bit about the car.
This mid-engined supercar (for that’s what it is) is Powered by a normally aspirated 525PS, 5.2 litre FSi V10 engine, through a six speed manual transmission with Quatro permanent all wheel drive (auto option is another £5,000). The R8 Spyder will run the 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds and if you keep the loud pedal down, 124mph takes just 12.7 seconds whilst if you can find a road anywhere capable and legal, the R8 Spyder will run up to its top speed of 194mph.
For those more normal amongst us, its pretty, its convertible with a cloth soft top (as sports cars should have – forget all this tin roof stuff) and the top comes down in just 19 seconds and to be a bit on the flash side (as if you need to be) the top can be opened and closed at speeds of up to 31mph.
Standard equipment for the R8 Spyder includes all-LED headlights – a world first for Audi in the R8 V10 – and inside an extended leather package featuring Fine Nappa leather, the Audi Music Interface iPod connection system (or a CD changer as required) linked to a Bang & Olufsen sound system, heated seats, DVD satellite navigation and unique new seatbelt-mounted microphones which make it possible to talk on the phone even with the top down on the motorway.
If you are feeling flush and fancy a treat, well you can order an R8 Spyder from your local Audi dealer from November 2009 onwards, mind you, you could buy yourself “seven new Audi A3’s instead” and save your self £5,000.
Yep, the worlds gone mad, but it seems only for the rich amongst us, as for the rest of us, an A3 would do the job “just perfick!”