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Audi R8 Spyder: Fun under the sun

Audi R8 Spyder

Great driving report here with the Audi R8 Spyder. Enjoy!

Nice, France–Just driven the new 2011 Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro. Having an open-top version of the already competent and exciting R8 V-10 coupe, the thrill-factor in driving the car just went up a few notches.

To catch the sunshine, simply depress a button on the center console and the well-insulated cloth top will stow in 19 seconds, at vehicle speeds up to 31 mph. With the top up or down, the Spyder keeps its sleek R8 exterior styling theme. In fact, the two large air openings that run the length of the engine cover in the back, plus the more traditional side air intakes–in lieu of the coupe’s sideblades behind the doors, are arguably better looking.