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

2008 Audi R8

Supercars are not the most profitable of cars for a manufacturer, but can be a beneficial piece of promotion for a brand. Case in point, the Audi R8. Years after plummeting sales and a near collapse of market share in the US, Audi came back strong in the mid 1990s to unleash a new range of cars and nomenclature, clawing its way to the top of the sales charts to where it sits today. Along the way, Audi acquired Lamborghini in 1998, paving the way for the house of Quattro to explore a new vehicle niche. Built on the same platform as the Lamborghini Gallardo, the R8 debuted in 2006 to much acclaim, with critics heaping praise on it, to the point where some describe it as the best sports car ever made.

Consequently, demand (and prices) still stay strong, putting this car out of reach for the great majority of enthusiasts. This R8 for sale in Alabama, however, is priced rather attractively and has under 30,000 miles.

Year: 2008
Model: R8
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 27,755
Price: $86,999

2008 Audi R8 on eBay

2008 Audi R8

Jet Blue Metallic / Black Leather Interior

Optional Equipment:

Enhanced Leather Package

Premium Package

Audi Navigation System Plus

Bang & Olufsen Sound System

Original MSRP $125,545

The soul of the R8 4.2 FSI quattro® is the adrenaline inducing 430 hp 4.2 FSI V8 engine. Like the 5.2, the V8 is also displayed under a transparent panel, producing 316 lb-ft of torque and rocketing from to 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds to a top track speed of 187 mph. As part of a race-bred mid-engine design that contributes to superb handling dynamics, the 4.2 V8 features race winning technology such as FSI direct injection, sodium-cooled exhaust valves and is setup for a high-revving 8250 rpm.

As a true supercar the R8 not only offers blistering speed but awe-inspiring handling. Featuring the legendary quattro® all-wheel drive system, the R8 inspires driver confidence, giving you traction when you need it, where you need it, regardless of road conditions. To accommodate the extreme performance of the R8, quattro® utilizes a continuously variable torque distribution, dynamically adjusting power to the wheels with the best traction. With a significant 85% rear torque bias and up to 30% available for the front wheels as needed, this highly specialized quattro® system provides the R8 with a balanced driving experience unlike any car on the road.

Audi Fuel Stratified Injection, or FSI®, offers the benefits of increased performance and fuel efficiency. FSI direct injection delivers a precise amount of fuel directly into the engine cylinders as opposed to the engine intake runners. This advanced process helps ensure a more complete combustion, thereby diminishing waste and increasing power. Additionally, the specially designed piston heads compress the fuel-air mixture in a spiraling motion, creating the most efficient combustion possible. Making the most of these technologies allows for greater efficiency in the combustion process.

Jet Blue is one of my favorite R8 colors, and this one is made even more enticing for me in that it has the six-speed manual gearbox. It’s hard to find a good R8 under $90,000 these days, as they are a bit of a living legend when it comes to the sports car world. The 4.2 liter V8 is such a good engine that I doubt I’d go for a V10 (supposing I would ever be in the market for such an awesome car). Still, the world hasn’t seen such a usable sports car since the Acura NSX. With the added benefit of four-wheel drive, it’s conceivable to use these cars year round. If I had the means, I certainly would.

-Paul

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