2023 Audi R8 Spyder

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2023 Audi R8 Spyder Review: The Supercar Drop-Top You Can Live With

The Audi R8 Spider is the drop-top version of the brand's successful R8 supercar. It not only looks more dramatic but the sound of that wonderful V10 is further amplified. With the roof down and that 562-horsepower naturally-aspirated V10 engine howling behind your ear, there is little that can match this car for drama in the price range. If you go for the quattro all-wheel-drive variant, it makes 602 hp and needs only 3.2 seconds for the 0-60 run. The R8 shares its underpinnings with the equally brilliant Lamborghini Huracan, which means you get capable handling, although the R8 Spyder has been tuned to be more forgiving. The drop-top does little to impact overall performance, but competitors such as the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet are ultimately better to drive at the limit. Viewed as the ultimate daily supercar driver, you won't miss the capability of some of the Audi R8 Spyder's competitors. And, with production of the R8 ending after 2023, this is one of your last chances to get hold of a non-electrified supercar from Audi.

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2023 Audi R8 Spyder Changes: 🚙What’s The Difference vs 2022 R8 Spyder?

Although Audi will bid farewell to the R8 with a GT coupe, that's not the case for the Spyder which won't receive a GT variant. To that end, no major changes have been introduced for the R8 Spyder for this model year.

In our review of the Audi R8 Spyder, we'll see why no changes were necessary - this is a memorable supercar and a fine farewell to the ICE era at the top of Audi's range.

Pros and Cons

  • Stealthy, dramatic looks
  • Unhinged V10 growl
  • Refined interior
  • Good steering feedback
  • Comfortable ride for a car of this nature
  • One of the last of its kind
  • Misses out on most of Audi's driver safety aids
  • Limited cargo space
  • Other supercars feel more confident at the limit

2023 Audi R8 Spyder Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
5.2 V10 performance RWD
5.2L V10 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$171,000
5.2 V10 performance quattro
5.2L V10 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$222,100
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2023 R8 Spyder Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 174.4 in
  • Wheelbase 104.3 in
  • Height 48.9 in
  • Max Width 76.4 in
  • Front Width 64.8 in
  • Rear Width 63.0 in
  • Curb Weight 3,847.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Florett Silver Metallic/Black Roof +$595
  • Kemora Gray Metallic/Black Roof +$595
  • Mythos Black Metallic/Black Roof +$595
  • Suzuka Gray Metallic/Black Roof +$595
  • Daytona Gray Pearl Effect/Black Roof +$595
  • Tango Red Metallic/Black Roof +$595
  • Ascari Blue Metallic/Black Roof +$595
  • Ara Blue Crystal Effect/Black Roof +$1,095
  • Ibis White/Black Roof
  • Vegas Yellow/Black Roof

2023 R8 Spyder Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    5.2L V10 Gas
  • Transmission
    7-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

2023 Audi R8 Spyder Handling And Driving Impressions

The 2023 Audi R8 Spyder is a capable car in standard hardtop configuration, but even with a tin top, it is focused more on delivering a sporty yet comfortable ride and doesn't go all out on track-day handling. Add a drop-top, and the R8 Spyder becomes an even more relaxed car to drive. When we say relaxed, it should be taken in context: this is still a supercar with crisp responses and grip aplenty. The adaptive suspension does an excellent job of smoothing over some of the USA's harsher roads and stiffens up a treat when placed in a sporty driving mode. The steering is direct and offers good feedback, as do the brakes. Dynamic steering is available optionally, but when pushed hard on the track, the R8 stops short of the fluidity and confidence inherent in its Porsche rival. That's not to say that the Audi is remotely sloppy, but if it's the most dynamic drop-top you're after, this isn't it.

What the Porsche lacks is the sonorous soundtrack of the Audi's V10. Making up to 602 hp, it sounds wonderful, provides shattering acceleration, and has the progressive power delivery that is the mark of a naturally aspirated mill.

2023 R8 Spyder Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    2-seater
  • Front Head Room 38.5 in

2023 R8 Spyder Trunk and Cargo Space

2023 Audi R8 Spyder Front Seats Audi
2023 Audi R8 Spyder Armrest Audi
2023 Audi R8 Spyder Top View Audi
  • Trunk Volume
    4 ft³

2023 R8 Spyder Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: 🏁Is The 2023 Audi R8 Spyder A Good Car?

The new Audi R8 Spyder proves that you don't have to sacrifice comfort when buying a supercar, and 0-60 mph times and Nurburgring lap times aren't that supercar ownership is about. In fact, the Audi R8 Spyder teaches us that driving a super cool-looking V10 supercar can actually be enjoyable on a daily basis. The second-generation R8 Spyder looks better than ever before and sounds just as good, thanks to that gem of a V10 engine which doesn't rely on either electrification or forced induction to work its magic. The standard adaptive suspension makes it a pleasure to drive in the city and on the highway, and the interior is both refined and packaged with tech. Yes, the handling is not best in class, and there is little cargo space to speak of, but these are small sacrifices for what has to be the most comfortable drop-top supercar around.

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