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2012 Audi R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI Quattro

Rocketing Roadster

A three-quarter front view of a 2012 Audi R8 Spyder

In short: A sleek and super fast two-seat roadster.

Audi R8 Spyder Review

This hand-built supercar was Tony Stark's car of choice in Iron Man 2 — and for good reason. Featuring a lightweight aluminum chassis and an insanely powerful 5.2-liter, 525-horsepower V10 that catapults this two-seater convertible from 0-60 in four seconds flat, the Audi R8 Spyder is just about the closest thing to a rocket ship that most mere mortals will ever have the chance to man.

Having said all that, it's most definitely not a car for everyone...and while you may be able to maximize its potential in a GT race, you just can't on a daily basis. You could make it a daily driver, but the seating position might deter you from that. Audi will get you for each carbon fiber option they possibly can, in fact several thousand dollars' worth, as was the case with our Phantom Black Pearl Effect tester. Also, we would have loved a remote entry system with a push start/stop button. The mini trunk up front was rather pesky each time we tried to open and close it. There is a cool sound signature, not too obnoxious, to signify your presence.

Should you need it for a weekend getaway, plan ahead for luggage, as you won't be able to take it all with you — and you can forget wedging a golf bag in it. But if you are Mr. Stark, you could not choose a better automobile than the Audi R8 Spyder Quattro.

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Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; twelve-year limited warranty against corrosion perforation; twelve-month/5,000-mile no charge first scheduled maintenance; four-year roadside assistance coverage provided by a third party supplier

Base Price: $136,800 / As Tested: $167,950

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: mid-engine, all-wheel drive, 2-passenger, 2-door convertible
Engine: 4.2-liter DOHC V8 engine with FSI direct injection
Horsepower: 430 hp @ 7,900 rpm
Torque: 316 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Curb weight:
3,858 lbs
Wheelbase: 104.3 in
Length/Width/Height: 174.4/79.9/49 in
Turning circle: 38.7 ft

4-wheel internally vented disc brakes
Suspension: double aluminum wishbone front and rear
Traction: electronic stabilization control; quattro all-wheel drive

Top Speed: 186 mph
0-60 mph: 4.6 seconds

EPA City:
13 mpg
EPA Highway: 21 mpg

driver and passenger advanced dual-stage airbags; driver and passenger seat-mounted head and thorax airbags; driver and passenger knee airbags

Likes: style; performance; handling

Dislikes: cramped cabin; extra-limited cargo space; rough shifts at times


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PNW110910 (Updated: 03/13/13 NW)