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Should you buy an Audi R8 Spyder?

It all comes down to personal preference. The R8 Spyder is an engineering marvel, with near-unbeatable handling, grip and performance. But there are some who might feel that the Audi badge doesn't open as many doors as a prancing horse or raging bull. In reality, the R8 is the real thing, and has the added advantage of being perfectly driveable for anyone, whether they have supercar experience or not.

Yes, it does have its drawbacks in practicality and running cost stakes, but makes up for it with one of the best engines around. We love that it's a naturally aspirated V10 in a world filling up with turbocharged V8s, which means it sounds like no other car for the money. You can't really go quietly, but then, who does in in a supercar.

In terms of how it drives, the Audi R8 Spyder – especially in Performance form – should satisfy the needs of all but the most committed racing drivers. Theres's very little difference between this and the coupe, either – although roof down, you get fuller access to its amazing soundtrack.

On the road, it delivers all of the grip, acceleration and noise you'd ever want in your supercar. The 2019 facelift has brought a little more power and dynamic focus, without robbing it of any of its all-round accessibility. In short, it still plays the role of supercar for anyone supremely well.