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  1. Audi R8 Spyder Review: A spicy Inglostadt affair

Audi R8 Spyder Review: A spicy Inglostadt affair

18th July 2017
Audi R8 Spyder Review: A spicy Inglostadt affair

The Iron Man’s fancied possession will surely drive everyone crazy!!

Have you ever accustomed your ears to a high revving exhaust note? We are pretty sure that you might have because this iconic sports car catches the limelight & eyeballs in almost every neighborhood and soon becomes the talk of the town.

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Young teenagers are often seen describing this car as a little monster which literally touches the road, has bright LED headlights with stylish frameless doors, a soft top convertible roof & bears a four ringed symbol.

So let us cut it short and pinpoint it for you guys........

It is none other than the Audi R8 Spyder !!!

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A true masterpiece on wheels which has set benchmarks in sporting races & track circuits, all over the globe and that’s evident of the fact that people automatically get reminded of the R8 in their hearts and minds whenever a sports car is in question.

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Being Audi’s flagship sportscar lends the R8 some noteworthy credentials and elevates its stature to an all new level.The R8 has been bestowed with the status and prestige of achieving an outstanding performance & honor in the 24 hours of Le Mans, since then there has been no looking back.

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Its design has been very meticulously conceived and executed by Audi AG’s high performance private subsidiary company Quattro GmbH & to a great extent is based on the Lamborghini Gallardo’s platform.

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It leads the pack when it comes to promoting Audi’s legendary Space Frame technology which symbolizes innovation & progress in making use of high-strength aluminum structure into which all panels are integrated so that they also perform a load-bearing function.

This is further replicated in other Audi Production models and clearly there are advantages in the due course of ownership such as greater safety, increased performance, improved handling, lower fuel consumption, ease of repair and attractive insurance premiums.

Thumbs up aplenty!!!

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The four ringed brand from Inglostadt represents an amalgamation between four former automobile companies namely Horch, DKW, Wanderer and Audi way back in 1932. These 4 enterprises form the strong basis of what the German Car Manufacturer is today in International Markets.Similarly we would like to draw a parallel as in if the Audi brand is represented by 4 rings which represents a merger of companies ,so in the same way every Audi model is a combination and epitome of something unique & special with the exemplary R8 truly being an embodiment of unexampled sportiness ,aura ,advancement ,passion ,glory ,brand heritage & history which does merit a significant obeisance....

So let's get started

Eye Catchy Exteriors

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An alluring design language on the exterior complements the beauty of the R8!

The designers have left no stone unturned to give the roofless "can't miss it"  a muscular and an elegant low slung look that does a perfect laudable handshake in tune with the fun loving driver enthusiasts.

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The front end is typically and unmistakably Audi with those gorgeous New Age swashbuckling LEDs and a sky scraping dosage of the modish air intakes (that's the uptown tag for the choicest takers) in black housing and honey comb grille design. The number plate is stacked on the front mesh grille transcription in chrome surrounding, with the famous Quattro insignia that has achieved a legendary status since ages.

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Talking of the side profile, thoughtful processes have been executed such as the inward slanting of the lower back part of the doors to make way for the air passage and a special upward face positioning for the fuel lid at the right rear quarter panel .

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The new soft top roof is the real showstopper for the car because of its flashy impeccable finish and a light weight of 30 kilograms. Taking the support of cylinders, hinges and hooks, the roof takes 19 seconds to open & close at speeds of up to 50 km/h.

 

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If people happen to get a glance of the R8 from the back & also when the car is really doing some serious stuff, then automatically cameras & I phones pop out to capture this beast.
Audi has incorporated the use of ostentatious turn signals in the form of sleek looking majestic light strips that lend an aura of sophistication and dynamism.

 

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The rear spoiler adds to the subtle styling and this really shows the precision and hard work in taking things to the next level.

 

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The oval shaped exhausts are well integrated within the bumper and we would like to credit the rectangular LED Braking lights, which in our opinion complete the whole design of the R8 and truly act as catalytic agents in setting it apart from the competition.

 

Tailor made setup on the inside! Is it?

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The interior of this beauty is a place where all true automotive lovers would sincerely dream to be once in their lifetime for sure. Things have been kept simple, not too fancy & showy all because the main aim & motive is to derive maximum driving pleasure from this car.

 

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The center console in particular with its host of buttons paves the way for the "go over bit" kinda stuff . The fine material used on the dashboard speaks quality and the Nappa leather stitching on the seats looks the sort for a never ending admiration and veneration.

 

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The side bolstering on both the seats holds the passengers in firm grip during sharp cornering at high speeds. The central screen on the dashboard displays a wide variety of information with an excellent view & resolution while the Bang and Olufsen sound system engages people with its scintillating sound experience that establishes an emotional connect between the owner and the car.

 

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The real icing on the cake is the rpm needle moving zealously and vigorously on revving the engine that really takes things to cloud nine and that sense of occasion is never felt missing.

 

The Monstrous heart says it all

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Powering the Audi R8 Spyder V10 is a mind-blowing 5.2Litre 10 cylinder motor churning out a hair- raising figure of 532 bhp power along with 530 Nm of torque. Upon idle, the rev limiter clearly indicates the true potential performance band of this car and that is further accentuated by the aural bliss of the ebullient engine note which is a stepping stone for the never ending addiction to the ensorcell symphony in the making.

Ah! You'll be entangled in a series of rip roaring revving replays to 'keep the ball rolling' for the gleeful engagement throughout. 

 

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One has to be extremely careful with the right foot because the R8 just plunges ahead with the word ‘Go’ or what we should say at the blink of an eye, so to keep things in control one literally has to develop a rapport with the car and first get a thorough understanding of all controls, mechatronics and safety support systems & only then take on the wheel. (Only for starters! Come on abandon those worriments!)

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The company claims that R8 can do a 0-100 sprint in a mere 3.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of 316 km/hr. Now these are some serious numbers & one can only get to see it on a designated race track such as the Buddh International Circuit. Pressing the Sport button showcases you the R8's mighty intent by which you were mooned over in one of your cherished dreams. 

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A 6 speed R tronic transmission does duty on the R8 V10 & indeed it’s a pleasure to say that it is simply one of the best in the recent past which has won accolades & awards all over the world for its unmatched performance. One really doesn’t have a reason to complain because of the silky smooth gear shifting being in perfect synchrony with the engine revs.The R8’s brutal acceleration is mesmerizing and enticing, pinning you all the way back into your seat & for a moment one realizes as if he is travelling faster than time, really that is the true feeling one gets.

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Drive the R8 in the city like a matured civilized machine and it obeys. Of course, the sudden burst of power at regular intervals is akin to pure indulgence and gratification.

And you truly feel a one to one groove and rapport with this gorgeous convertible on your favourite deserted stretch of road, thanks to its precise and communicative steering feedback, along with the intent to portray its agility and swiftness when asked for more.

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As mentioned previously the aural sound from the exhausts & engine note simply gathers attention in stop & go traffic because this vehicle has a huge fan following for the much acclaimed word ‘vroom’ amongst teenagers. Living up to the expectations of the buyer is another forte where the R8 truly excels. It has a host of bells and whistles on offer to truly transcend one’s driving experience. The Audi Space Frame for instance gives the car an advantage in terms of tremendous weight saving and added body control. 

Not to forget that the Magnetic dampers will have a positive putty in hands on the drive by exercising their inbuit trait of being willing and eager to adapt to the driving and tarmac setup.Cheers to that!

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We got a chance to test the R8 in peak monsoon season and despite the tarmac being wet and slippery, never once did the car loose its foothold or show any signs of nervousness at all because of the ESP & legendary Quattro kicking in to take matters in their own hands and acting as steadfast loyalists to keep the R8 on its intended path.

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The four wheel drive mechanism in the R8 has been setup with a rear axle bias due to the mid- engine layout. Under normal driving conditions, 15 % of the power is sent to the front wheels and 85% to the rear wheels and if need be 30% is directed to the front almost instantly. A locking differential at the rear axle really plays a pivotal role in boosting the R8’s on road dynamic performance with regard to corner cutting, speed, precision and stability.It also acts as a watchdog when any one of the wheels on the axles begin to slip.

At the end of the day, all sports cars are meant to make a mark & live up to the racy expectations. Audi’s intention was very much clear as to what they wanted to achieve with this baby monster and have succeeded to a great extent. The performance & engagement this car offers deserves a worthy applause because the R8 is one of the few supercars that re-defines driving dynamics on Indian road conditions. What more can one expect other than to make this car a collector’s item in your garage and also find a racing track near your neighborhood to shell those maniac bhp figures in an easy way out.

Specification
Make: Convertible, Sports
Engine: 5.2 V10 , Longitudinal
Power: 532 BHP
Torque: 530 Nm
0-100 timing: 3.7 sec
60-0mph braking test: 112 ft
Top Speed: 316 km/hr
Quarter Mile: 11.9 seconds
Transmission: 6 speed R Tronic
Fuel: Petrol
Drive: Quattro Four Wheel
Seating Capacity: 2

 

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Comments (2)

Vikash

Hello , For buying car in bbt should I pay the full amount in cash or loan or any other mode ?is there any discount or can u reduce on any car ?

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Shiyaf

It's looking so nice....!

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