The optional bucket seats are a little hard over long distances.

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You can get round corners at silly, silly speeds.

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The instrument binnacle gets Audi's 'Virtual Cockpit'. All your ICE, etc is controlled in there.

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Looks good with the roof off, huh?

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Thar she blows. The new R8 Spyder's a heck of a looker.

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Its nose is particularly striking - more so than its predecessor's.

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Where the engine would be exposed on the coupé, there's a cover for the hood and cooling vents on the Spyder.

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It's a shame they're not tailpipes (how cool would that be?!), but they look pretty sweet.

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The second generation R8 is all about angles.

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And noise, of course. With the roof down you get to hear its V10 at full tilt.

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Though with the roof up you can lower its glass rear window and hear its shouts in the rain.

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Which is pretty awesome on a windy, rainy motorway.

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Though the rule tends to be: Roof down unless the storm has a name.

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for a comparatively 'young' supercar, the R8 name is pretty highly regarded.

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The Spyder comes with a 5.2-liter 540hp V10. For now.

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Safe money's on a 'Plus' version coming out sooner rather than later.

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It's not a car to waste on motorways. Take it out and let it breathe to get the best out of it.

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It'll hit 62 in 3.6 seconds, only 0.1 seconds slower than the Coupé.

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If you've got enough space you'll tickle 197mph as well.

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But the built in speakers do mean you can hear your tunes with the roof off.

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The roof takes just 20 seconds to deploy.

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So if it starts raining you'll only get a bit wet.

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You can use the roof at speeds up to 31mph.

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You can choose from a number of drive modes in the R8 Spyder.

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Comfort, Individual, Auto, Dynamic, and Performance (with a few sub modes of its own).

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Comfort makes the R8 a relaxing thing to drive. The gearbox is smooth, engine quiet, and ride supple (ish - it's still a supercar).

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Dynamic ups the angry, making the car bark and feel harder edged.

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Performance makes it an animal though. Your stability control is lowered, everything gets rather aggressive. It's brilliant fun.

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So it's something of a Jekyll and Hyde car. A huge cliché, I know, but it kinda works here.

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There's no much space for stuff in there though.

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But this is a supercar, and if you had one of these you'd likely end up pretty naked at your destination. If not, you're probably doing 'supercar' wrong. Sort yourself out.

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'V10'. Yup. It's goooooood.

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Do you think it looks better than the old one?

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The Spyder is all about style, and people will stare at you and judge you while you're driving it. Make sure you want to be seen!

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Moody, huh?

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Audi's gone to town making the R8 handle well.

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And somehow you know the car can just take it. It's most bizarre.

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The optional ceramic brakes are well worth it too.

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Because... they're really, really good.

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As a package, the R8 Spyder is pretty awesome.

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The roof mechanism looks delightfully balletic.

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It adds some extra drama to the car.

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See that rear window? You can raise and lower it with the roof up or down. Want a wind deflector? Lift it up! What to hear the car in the rain? Drop it!

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The purest experience is, obviously, roof down at all times.

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Though it still looks good with the lid on.

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The automatic gearbox is marvel. So quick, so smooth.

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The 'wheel comes with many buttons to play with. All of them do wonderful, wonderful things.

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Like make the tailpipes louder, for example.

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Or change the drive mode.

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Or just turn the car on and off.

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Well done, Audi. You've made a stonker.

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