Audi R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI quattro Review
New Sensation

Story by Raymond Lai in Nice Photos by Audi
4 Apr 2010

Audi's new drop top R8 is the perfect car for driving on the roads of the scenic French Riviera.

German drop top

The French Riviera is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the world. Nice, St. Tropez, Antibes, Cannes and Monaco are some of the familiar names situated on the Cote d'Azur. With such scenic beaches, the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean and a tax haven (in the case of the Principality of Monaco), you can find plenty of both beautiful people and the rich and famous residing here. Naturally, members of the affluent society here cruise around in nice, million dollar supercars to match their spanking seaside villas or yachts. A car that definitely suits their needs is the new Audi R8 Spyder.

Four years after the R8 first made its transition from the Le Mans quattro concept to Audi's first mid-engine supercar, the topless Spyder version makes its debut. We recently took the R8 Spyder through its paces at its international media launch on the magnificently beautiful Cote d' Azur.

The R8 hasn't lost its sleek profile despite having its roof sliced off. In fact, the Spyder looks every bit as pretty as the coupe, if not prettier. Cynics might say that it has lost a signature R8 styling cue - the customizable side blades that feed air into the engine but the Spyder fights back with a matte aluminium windscreen surround (a detail it shares with the A/S5 cabriolet) and a unique looking rear deck. The latter features two rows of matte aluminium coloured louvres for engine cooling. The new rear deck means the coupe's glass engine cover is also gone though - the Spyder's motor can only be accessed by a small opening on the rear deck - it's a pity especially when the engine compartment is lined with plenty of carbon fibre.

Without a fixed roof and sloping glass engine hatch, the Spyder somehow manages to accentuate its width when viewed directly from the rear, hence giving it a somewhat more muscular stance than the coupe.


Sell Fast With Ease - SwiftQuote

With SwiftQuote, you get:
  Best value for your car    A peace of mind when selling    Fast sale from start to end


Best offer with no obligations.
Start Now!

I agree to the collection, use and disclosure of my personal data by Carousell and/or such other third party (as may be necessary) and to be contacted (via email, phone call and/or text message) for any purposes in connection with the application of and transaction of the vehicle, in accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 and Carousell's Privacy Policy.

Thanks for the wonderful service. Your quote was able to get me a price higher than other auction sites I tried. Shout out also to Yazz for providing great service and follow up throughout the process.

Kevin Tan - 1 day ago

Client Success Manager Mr David is fast response to my request and I am impress with the notification and appointment confirmation system which interactive with both the Seller and Buyer

Philip Ng - 4 days ago

Quick response and satisfied with the price offered for the car

Lim Lay Eng - 4 days ago

Sold my car withing a few days. Fast process. However, be ready for dealers to slash price saying need to change tyre, need to repaint, etc during viewing.

Wu Qingzhu, Adrian - 4 days ago

Seamless and quick. The dealer, Simon Sim from SGCarConsign is very professional. A pleasure dealing with him.

Ong Geok Kim - 1 week ago

Response is quite fast and professional, good experience.

Lu wei - 3 weeks ago

I did receive the best quote out of 5 enquiries I sent. It was the inspection and quick deposit that sealed the deal. All in, it was a pleasant experience compared to the other merchants available. Keep up the good work!

Cheah Kok Yew - 4 weeks ago

Reasonable price quote and highly recommended.

Fauzi Syahab - 4 weeks ago

Fantastic service from team and importantly I got the highest quote for my car sale, thanks so much team!

TAN saw wei - 1 month ago

Quick. Easy. Efficient. Thanks for the service!

Olivier Henri Petra - 1 month ago


Engine Capacity 4163cc
Engine Type V 8
Compression Ratio 12.5:1
Power 430bhp @ 8000rpm
Torque 430Nm @ 6500rpm
Power to Weight 247.8 bhp per ton


Acceleration 4.8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 299 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 7.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type M4


Body Type Supercar
(L x W x H)
(4434 x 1904 x 1244) mm
Wheelbase 2650 mm
Kerb Weight 1735 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 90 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs