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Audi Puts “Old Luxury on Notice” with New R8 Spyder

Ragtop can hit “nearly 200 mph,” even with the top down.

by on Mar.24, 2016

The Audi R8 Spyder rolls into the NY Auto Show.

There are plenty of folks who love the Audi R8, and that includes Scott Keogh, the brand’s U.S. CEO. Audi was little more than an asterisk on the sales charts. Today, it’s a force to be reckoned with, sales growing 250% since the launch of the sports car nearly a decade ago.

While it might target a small niche, “The R8 put Audi on the map,” says industry veteran Keogh, helping the brand “put old luxury on notice.”

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Audi has three versions of the R8 on its stand at the New York International Auto Show this week, including the daunting, 610-horsepower Audi R8 V10 Plus, as well as the R8 LMS race car. There’s also the brand-new member of the family, the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder.

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What Are the Cheapest – and Most Expensive – Cars to Insure?

Hint: Boring is better.

by on Feb.09, 2012

It may have a quarter as many seats, but the Audi R8 Spyder will cost three times more than a Toyota Sienna minivan to insure.

If you’re worried about the cost of insuring your next car consider this simple mantra: “boring is better.”

Or so finds a new survey of automotive insurance, which finds that sports and luxury cars are the most expensive products to insure, while minivans – the Toyota Sienna people-mover, in particular – are among the most affordable.

“Minivans have always had a strong showing in our ‘least expensive’ rankings,” said Amy Danise, editorial director of Insure.com. “They regularly prove to be safe, economical vehicles.”

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The Sienna, for example, costs an average $1,111 to insure, according to the site’s annual survey, or less than a third what it would cost to cover the2-seat, 197 mph Audi R8 Spyder Quattro Convertible, at $3,384.  Audi, in fact, has the dubious distinction of having two of the ten most expensive cars to insure, BMW also has 2, while Porsche and Mercedes-Benz each have three.

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Audi R8 GT Spyder Breaks the $200,000 Barrier

Only 50 coming to the U.S.

by on Feb.06, 2012

Audi's R8 GT Spyder is its first model to top $200,000.

Start saving your change but don’t wait too long.  Audi says it plans to import only 50 copies of the hand-built R8 GT Spyder convertibles later this month.

The most exclusive version of what is already Audi’s top-line model, the topless supercar will carry a sticker price of $210,000, making it the German maker’s most expensive offering to date.  And that’s before you add on $1,200 for the destination charges and as much as $3,000 more for gas-guzzler taxes.

Insight!

By comparison, that’s a $38,000 premium over the current Audi R8 Spyder.

For the money, the 5.2-liter R8 V-10 gets bumped up to 560 horsepower, enough to launch the GT Spyder from 0 to 60 in just 3.8 seconds – also making it the quickest Audi ever – with a top speed of 197 mph.

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