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Audi R8 GT Spyder


By Matt Joy


You might know someone like this: fantastically good-looking, highly intelligent, charismatic and extremely nice. Anyone with one or more of these attributes is bad enough but combined it makes for a thoroughly irritating combination, chiefly because you’ve no reason not to like them. And so it is with Audi’s R8. It started off as an athletic Coupe, turned even more brawny with the introduction of the V10 and more glamorous with the Spyder version. Then they rolled out the harder and lighter GT Coupe which seemingly had it all.


So now Audi has created arguably the most irritatingly perfect R8 of them of all with the introduction of the R8 GT Spyder. It combines the hardcore specification of the GT which comprises of lots of lightweight carbonfibre, more power and tauter suspension and then slots it into the glorious drop top bodyshell of the Spyder - so it’s like that supermodel with a PhD in astrophysics that makes a mean roast potato and raises money for charity at the same time of the V10


It’s the looks that get you first though. The carbonfibre add-ons can be hidden by darker shades but in the matte white finish that the test car appeared in, the slivers of lightweight material add purpose to the shape. The grey alloy wheels help too - it would take a particularly hard heart not to find the R8 GT Spyder a totally arresting shape.


There’s no skimping on the inside too, which benefits from a similar range of enhancements. For a start there are lightweight bucket seats which not only help to shave a few pounds and grip you tightly but also look fantastic. There’s more carbonfibre detailing, the gorgeous flat-bottomed steering wheel is finished in Alcantara and the white instruments catch the eye a little more. Elsewhere the cabin is the typical high quality affair that works well and is easy to understand - why would you want your supercar to be anything else?


But this isn’t a shiny limited edition with extra bells and whistles, it is the ultimate R8. Weight-saving has cut 85kg compared to the R8 V10 Spyder (so a hefty mate you’ve decided to leave at home) and on top of that it has 552bhp wrung from that magnificent V10 engine with 398lb.ft of torque to back it up.


Rolling gently down the pitlane at Silverstone (at pit lane speeds of course) and with the R tronic gearbox taking care of the shifts and the V10 emitting a controlled burble it’s easy to be lulled into a


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