Audi R8 GT Spyder (2012): 30 second review

Richard Aucock
Audi R8 GT Spyder(Audi)
The everyday supercar finds added focus but loses little of its all-rounder appeal - and retains its placidly engaging abilities despite the soft-top roof.
We like:
Looks the part, engine has a real racecar spirit, added aural spirit due to lack of roof, engaging yet totally viceless handling that thrills but doesn't intimidate.
We don't like:
Transmission is far from intuitive in auto mode, steering is too light, apparent variation due to choice of tyres, very expensive.
Should I buy one?
The Audi R8 GT is the ultimate R8: the most extreme version of Audi's hit supercar for the everyman. With more aggressive styling and interior, revised suspension and a 40hp power boost for the 5.2-litre V10, it's Audi's 'R8 ultra', and the perfect link between road and the Le Mans racetrack dominated by the firm for the past decade.
At £158,145 it is expensive but that's the price you pay for exclusivity - and while it's still not the engaging equal of a Ferrari 458, R8 loyalists will nevertheless be able to justify the expense.
This limited-run car looks great, goes faster, sounds more special, drives with more purpose and feels more like a sanitised Le Mans racer. Even the very fact it's not as extreme as a 458 actually proves to be of appeal: the ultimate hardcore special that's as friendly to drive as a TT.
Rating
4/5
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