Audi R8 Spyder: is this what the R8 should have been all along? We think not. The coupe’s distinctive midship styling panel ( side blades ) set it apart, and losing in it in the convertible dilutes the model and image. It’s softer, more rounded, less controversial and consequently more ordinary. But we’ll let it off, as it’s mostly spectacular, and undoubtedly will be the hot ride in “New Porsche Beach ” ( nickname for super-wealthy LA suburb )
Additionally, we think that with all the progress made in automotive engineering recently, manufacturers should have been able to come up with a lightweight retractable hardtop that doesn’t spoil the lines or consume all the boot space. The R8 Spyder looks elegant with canvas top raised, but the security and longevity of a solid roof is invaluable. Audi is not alone; we can aim this critisism at most supercar manufacturers. Thinking of parking your pride and joy on dodgy territory ? The solidity of your roof will hugely influence your decision on which toy you’ll pluck out of the garage.
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