Audi makes brilliant exteriors and the one of the R8 is, of course, no exception to this, with the only problem being that you’d wish for a bit more sense of occasion.
The access is easy enough to allow you to use the car everyday and so are the seats
. These proved to be surprisingly comfortable, being there for us in all kind of conditions. They could use a tad of extra lateral support for hardcore driving though and some adjustable side bolsters would’ve been nice.
The ergonomics are top-notch: everything is where it should be, you can easily read the dashboard instruments and it doesn’t take long to get accustomed with all the controls.
For example, when compared to the Lamborghini Gallardo, the paddles may not look as spectacular, but their layout now keeps you from turning your wipers on when shifting gears.
There are also significantly more stowage compartments compared to the Gallardo, as well as more room. But perhaps the biggest improvement is the superior visibility, especially up front and to the sides - we’ll thank the thick A-pillars and the form of the upper dashboard for this.
If you opt for the extended leather package and the carbon fiber one, the cabin feels special, but you still notice the various bits and pieces taken straight from lesser Audi models.
What we’ve said so far covers both the coupe and the Spyder - it’s now time to zoom in on the latter. We’ll start with the roof, which is comprised of three layers of fabric. You can really feel the benefits of this, especially in terms of soundproofing.
The top needs 19 seconds to go from one position to another and the operation can be performed at speeds up to 50 km/h (31 mph). There’s an electric, heated rear window that acts as a deflector when you’re driving with the top down. This can also be lowered while the top is on, allowing more of the glorious V10 sound to enter the cabin.
Apart from the obvious changes at the top of the cabin, there are relatively few interior aspects that set the Spyder apart from the coupe. We’ll mention the fact that the center console
now holds two buttons for operating the roof and the rear window.
Unfortunately, you can really feel the difference between the two in terms of storage space. Due to the room occupied by the roof, the shelf behind the seats has been replaced with two rather small compartments
. Thus, you get the same 100 liters (3.53 cu. ft.) front luggage compartment as in the fixed roof model, but you lose most of the 90 liters (3.18 cu. ft.) at the back.Continue reading