Modern Classic? 2011 Audi R8 V10 Spyder

When judging future collectables, it’s sometimes hard to predict what will be a classic and what won’t. But, it’s a safe bet that halo cars in general will remain the most valuable. Audi re-introduced and re-imagined itself to the world with the introduction of its first halo car, the Quattro. Almost 30 years later, Audi once again re-imagined itself, thanks to acquisitions such as Lamborghini. Whereas the original moved turbocharging and all-wheel drive to the masses, the R8 instead took supercars to a new tier. A celebration of their many wins at Le Mans by the race car of the same designation, the R8 was initially powered by the spectacular 4.2 FSi V8 from the RS4. Later Audi developed its own version of the 5.2 V10 whose sound channeled the original Quattro, and the final development was the introduction of the Spyder model. With slightly revised bodywork – including the removal of the polarizing “blade” the coupe has – the R8 V10 Spyder is a compelling alternative to the 911 Turbo Cabriolet and truly offers supercar-level performance at a relatively budget price:

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2011 Audi R8 V10 Spyder

When I bought my first Audi in 1995, I became a big fan of the marque; but if you had told me then that Audi would produce a V10 mid-engined aluminum supercar in just over a decade, I would have laughed at you. In fact, I think every Audi nut would have laughed at you. Looking back over Audi’s history, the R8 was so out of character with what the company produced it would be as if Ferrari were to produce a Prius. But what was particularly shocking is that it was deeper than just that; it would be as if Ferrari produced a better Prius than Toyota did. The accolades that have been thrown on the R8’s mighty shoulders are equally impressive to what that achievement would be. As the halo car for Audi, the R8 has taken the marque to a whole new level of performance as well as a completely different clientele. For example, I was able to instruct last year at a arrive and drive supercar event – there were three Ferraris, a Lamborghini, a Mercedes-Benz SLS and an Audi R8 4.2 coupe there. That the Audi to even be included in that group was a feat in and of itself, but while the line of people interested in driving the Lamborghini stretched until the horizon the brilliant R8 sat there most of the time lonely. It was ironic, because pretty much universally the instructors all said it was dynamically the best car there.

So, while it still may not be the dream car that hangs on everyone’s walls, the R8 truly offers supercar level performance at a budget price compared to the rare Italian competition. Of the R8s, the true screamer is the 5.2 liter V10, and if you want to get a little (or, a lot) wild you can spec out one in Spyder configuration, such as today’s 2011:

Year: 2011
Model: R8 V10 Spyder
Engine: 5.2 liter V10
Transmission: 6-speed DSG automatic
Mileage: 7,627 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

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– 2011 R8 Spyder –

The Coventry Motorcar is proud to present this low mile R8 in showroom condition. This is a one owner vehicle that’s only traveled 7,627 miles! With a 525hp V10 this exotic supercar won’t dissapoint while coupled to Audi’s R-Tronic dual clutch transmission. The previous owner spec’d this vehicle with a few nice upgrades over the stock R8, these include Premium Leather, Carbon Sigma Mirrors and Carbon Sigma Door Sills.

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HISTORY:

One owner clean history and carfax

TITLE:

Massachussets Clean Title

MOTOR:

BASE SIZE – 5.2 L
CAM – TYPE Double overhead cam (DOHC)
CYLINDERS – V10
VALVES – 40
VALVE TIMING – Variable
TORQUE – 391 ft-lbs. @ 6500 rpm
HORSEPOWER – 525 hp @ 8000 rpm

DRIVETRAIN:

TRANSMISSION- 6-speed R-Tronic Dual Clutch
DRIVE TYPE – quattro All Wheel Drive

WEIGHTS & CAPACITIES:

DRAG COEFFICIENT – 0.36 Cd
CURB WEIGHT – 3726 lbs.
CARGO CAPACITY, ALL SEATS IN PLACE – 3.5 cu.ft.
MAXIMUM CARGO CAPACITY – 3.5 cu.ft.

SUSPENSION:

Double wishbone front suspension
Double wishbone rear suspension
Four-wheel independent suspension
Front and rear stabilizer bar

IN-CAR ENTERTAINMENT:

Bang & Olufsen premium brand speakers
12 total speakers
465 watts stereo output
AM/FM in-dash single CD player,in center console-CD , CD-controller with CD MP3 Playback stereo
Sirius satellite radio
Speed sensitive volume control
Auxiliary MP3 audio input
1 subwoofer(s)
5.1 surround audio (discrete)
Multi-CD located in center console
Memory card slot
Radio data system
USB connection

TELEMATICS:

Hard drive based display w/voice activation and directions navigation system
Pre-wired for phone
Bluetooth wireless data link for hands-free phone
Real time traffic

CONVENIENCE:

Cruise control
Cargo net
Front console with storage
Front cupholders
Front door pockets
Remote trunk release
Retained accessory power
Front seatback storage
Speed-proportional power steering
Universal remote transmitter (for garage door, security system, etc.)
12V front and 12V cargo area power outlet(s)
Front and rear parking sensors
Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
Transmission controls and audio controls on steering wheel

I’ll save you the quick price check on this car; were you to pull up to the dealership and order this car new, price starts at $174,000 without options, taxes or fees. That sure sounds like a lot, but figure it is the best part of $75,000 less than the very similar Lamborghini Gallardo 560-4 Spyder. Really then, this is a cut-rate exotic. With the top down, either engine is impressive sounding but the V10 is the one I’d want behind my shoulders, howling away as I raced up the tachometer. The car on offer today is effectively brand new, with a scant 7,600 miles covered over the last two years. As seems to be the case with most of these R8s, they aren’t losing value very quickly and are in general very well cared for as this car appears to be. The sweet spot for these cars seems to hover between $130,000 and $140,000, so I would expect the reserve is probably set fairly close to there. With a little over two days to go, bidding on this model has been strong but remains about $10,000 shy of the bottom of that market with the reserve still on. At that price, while it’s out of range of most enthusiasts who read this it is pretty incredible value for a basically new supercar.

-Carter

Convertible Week: Audi R8 GT Spyder

I stumbled upon an Audi R8 GT, one of 333 in the world/90 in the country, outside a West Marine locally. It is a fantastic development of the R8, a little more B-2 bomber to the standard R8’s Space Shuttle aesthetic. Seems like the 2014 R8 is a real step up, but with bonus points for rarity the 2012 R8 GT Spyder just might be the one to have. A metric handful (50) made it over to these shores, but if you like your Audi with a bit more of the Lamborghini family traits, you can have it today for a hair under $200k.

Year: 2012
Model: R8 GT Spyder
Engine: 5.2l V10, 560 bhp
Transmission: R-Tronic 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 3,842
Price: $199,800

2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder on eBay

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2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder

Phantom Black Pearl over Black Leather with Crimson Stitching

*WOW! ULTRA RARE! #29 OF 333 PRODUCED!*
ONE OWNER! ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT THROUGHOUT!
**ORIGINAL WINDOW STICKER LIST: $244,130**

FACTORY OPTIONS INCLUDE:
Audi Carbon Ceramic Brakes (Originally $9,900)
Enhanced R8 GT Leather Package (Originally $8,380)
Carbon Fiber Matte Window Frame (Originally $3,950)
Illuminated Carbon Matte Door Sills (Originally $2,500)
Bang & Olufsen Sound System (Originally $1,800)
Audi Exclusive Fee (Originally $1,200)
Audi Exclusive Leather Controls (Originally $950)
R8 GT Spec Floor Mats (Originally $650)
Phantom Black Pearl Effect Paint (Originally $650)
19″ Titanium Finish Alloy Wheels (Originally $500)

VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS:
5.2 Liter V10 Engine
-560 Horsepower-
-398 lb/ft of Torque-
6-Speed R-Tronic Sequential Transmission
quattro All-Wheel-Drive
High-Performance Braking System
ESC Stability and Traction Control
Fixed Rear Spoiler in Carbon Matte
LED Headlamps and Tail Lights

INTERIOR:
Alcantara Interior Upholstery
Heated Dual Power Front Seats with Lumbar
Alcantara Steering Wheel with Shift Paddles
Automatic Climate Control System
Cruise Control
Audi Navigation Plus with MMI Interface
6 Disc CD Changer
Audi Music Interface with iPod Cable
SIRIUS Satellite Radio
Bluetooth Telephone Connectivity

VEHICLE HISTORY:
Only One Previous Owner!
#29 of 333 Produced Worldwide!
Absolutely Excellent Condition Throughout!
Spotless Vehicle History Reports
-AutoCheck Guaranteed-
-CARFAX Guaranteed-
-No Previously Reported Accident History-

Carries the Balance of
Audi’s 4 Year/50,000 Mile Factory Warranty!

INCLUDES:
*Two Master Keys*
*Original Owner’s Manuals*
*Factory Floor Mats*
*Original Window Sticker*

The standard R8, even in 5.2 V10 guise, is still a buttoned-up, gentleman’s supercar. The R8 GT Sypder casts that aside, talking trash like a track star but backing it up – it does have 560 bhp and all-wheel drive, after all. Damn. All posturing aside, it has to be a mental ride on a twisty mountain road.

-NR

Theme Week: 2011 Audi R8 V10 Spyder

Supercars are great to look at, but let’s face it, how easy are they to live with? It’s not surprising that many of these cars have low mileage, because who would want to put up with a cantakerous engine, poor visibility and the inevitable reliability issues that come along with a high strung motor during your everyday travels? Back in the early 1990s, Honda came along and changed people’s ideas of how livable a supercar could be. The all-aluminum NSX was a legend in its time and is still missed by many, after it’s 15 year production run ended in 2005.

While Acura is readying a second generation NSX, I would argue that Audi picked up where Acura left off in 2008 with the R8. Based around the Lamborghini Gallardo platform and built by quattro GmbH, the R8 Coupe and Spyder has been raking in the accolades on the road and track. Looking through the classifieds, it is apparent that many owners have been successful in racking up higher mileage than your run of the mill supercar. While I’m partial to the hardtop, this V10 Spyder looks resplendent in Teak Brown and skips the R tronic gearbox for the 6-speed manual.

2011 Audi R8 V10 Spyder on eBay

This one owner supercar is in Teak Metallic over Nougat Brown leather interior. Loaded with options including navigation, rear back-up camera, front and rear parking sensors, 6-speed manual transmission, enhanced leather package, carbon fiber Sigma interior trim, illuminated door sills, Bang & Olufsen sound with iPod integration, blue tooth hands free, LED headlights and LED running lights, power top, dual heated power front seats with driver’s memory feature, Homelink universal garage door opener and more. With an MSRP of $172,775. This R8 is super fast and in great shape in and out. Comes with all original books, keys, window sticker and Audi Care Program which includes all maintenance and extended warranty.

Audi R8s seem to hold their value well, as even the early V8 coupes are bringing in the $80,000 to $90,000 range to start. I’d suspect the reserve on this later V10 Spyder would be somewhere around $140,000 to $150,000 or so, based on comparables I’ve seen. A car like this just wants me to work that much harder, because I could only imagine the aural sensation of having the top down on an autumn afternoon, dropping down a few gears and listening to the overrun from that 5.2 liter engine.

-Paul

Catching Up with Our Sister Site, Classic Italian Cars For Sale

Please check out our sister site, ClassicItalianCarsForSale.com, where Paul and Brian are also posting great selections over there. They have a great mix of affordable modern classics, vintage sports cars, and newer supercars as well. Here are some links to their recent posts and as you can probably tell they’re having alot of fun with their choices.

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2009 Spyker C8 Spyder

While the Spyker is not a German vehicle, it has an Audi V8 and craftsmanship akin to what we are used to from the Fatherland. I thought it was about time to shed some light on this exotic. The name Spyker originated from two Dutch brothers, Jacobus and Hendrik-Jan Spijker. They founded the firm in 1880 and one of their first notable projects was the construction of the Golden Carriage used by the Dutch Royal Family to this day. In 1900, they debuted their first automobiles and three years later, they created the 60 HP, which was the world’s first four wheel drive car with a single engine and four wheel brakes. During World War I, the company manufactured airplanes and aircraft engines, similar to other contemporary manufacturers that had switched their production to military applications.

After World War I, Spyker went bankrupt and ceased production in 1922. Resurrected in 1999, the new Spyker vehicles pay homage to the company’s aircraft heritage. Their slogan is Nulla tenaci invia est via, which in Latin means “For the tenacious, no road is impassable.” The new cars were dubbed the C8 Laviolette and C8 Spyder, and employed Audi’s 4.2 liter V8. These cars are exceptionally well made, employing a great deal of old world craftsmanship in the way of quilted leather, turned aluminum and an intriguing shifter mechanism with exposed linkage. Spyker was owned and subsequently sold off by Swedish Automobile AB to North Street Capital, whose managing partner is a racing enthusiast. It is not quite clear what the future holds for Spyker, but nevertheless, these are very unique, well made vehicles. This particular 2009 Spyder presents nicely with low mileage and black accentuates the aluminum accents well.

2009 Spyker C8 Spyder on eBay

2009 Spyker C8 Spyder Convertible

Exterior color: Jet Black
Interior color: Tan

Included Optional Equipment: V8, 6 Speed Manual Transmission. Low Miles. Came from a Exotic car collection. Rare and hard to find. Accessories included with vehicle: 2 Master Keys. Owner’s Manual

This Spyker is basically a three year old brand new car. New, these were just shy of $220,000. I can’t imagine that they have appreciated beyond that original asking price. If I had to estimate, anywhere between $180,000 to $190,000 should be a reasonable offer for this supercar. If a Ferrari or Lamborghini is too mainstream for you, but an Audi R8 a bit too sterile, the Spyker combines exclusivity, coachbuilt quality and reliable, German performance in one wild package.

-Paul