At Acklam Car Centre quality and affordability are the watchwords, based on a foundation of excellent customer service. The team at Acklam Car Centre have a reputation for understanding and meeting the needs of each individual customer, offering a service that is reliable and consistent and treating each customer with courtesy and respect. A family business, Acklam Car Centre specialises in performance cars, 4x4s and prestige vehicles, sourcing those quality used cars that offer the right combination of luxury and affordability. Each member of the team is knowledgeable about every vehicle in the showroom and is on hand to talk the customer through what they want and what each car has to offer in order to match the customer to the car that best meets their needs. Here, Acklam Car Centre reviews the Audi R8 Spyder 4.2 V8 Quattro, a stylish model that the team are always on the lookout for to enhance the showroom.
Audi R8 Spyder
The Audi R8 Spyder was originally fitted with a 5.2l engine as standard. The 4.2l engine became available in July 2011. A two-seater, mid-engine sports car, this vehicle uses the trademark Audi Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, can go from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed of 299km/h. It boasts 317lb ft of torque, 424bhp and revs up to 8500rpm. The structure features the all-aluminium Audi Space Frame, meaning that the superstructure rather than the panels hold the strength, resulting in a soft-top car that is exceptionally rigid.
This sporty little number has left testers astonished at the outstanding handling. Despite lacking the V10’s dual setting magnetic dampers, the V8 is supple and reactive with absorbing dynamics. Lighter than the V10 by a whole 60kg, the steering may not quite be as sharp, but the overall balance is much better, most noticeably when tacking into a corner. Those who have driven the V8 have used words such as ‘characterful’, ‘smooth’ and ‘exciting’ when describing the engine and Acklam Car Centre certainly agrees.
The most recent addition of the R8 to the Acklam Car Centre showroom was a prime specimen from 2011 with only just over 20,000 miles on the clock. This car comes with a six-speed manual gear box, on board trip computer, cruise control, central locking, Bluetooth technology with dual SD card slots and full stereo system, heated electric seats on both the driver and passenger side, automatic climate control, electric windows and heated mirrors, voice activation commands, sports suspension, leather upholstery and a whole host of other luxuries and accessories as standard. The optional extra specification package includes satellite navigation plus, high beam assist, light package, the Audi music interface, coloured stitching and an acoustic parking system to the front and rear of the vehicle.
The Running Costs
As a prestige sports vehicle, low running costs were not the highest priority when Audi created the R8 Spyder. While it is slightly more economical in terms of fuel consumption than the V10, it still only gets 19.9mpg and is in the highest band for road tax. If fuel efficiency and low running costs are what you look for in a car then this is not for you. However, the appeal of the R8 is that it performs on a par with a Ferrari, yet as part of the huge Audi dealership network will attract lower maintenance costs than rivals such as Ferrari, Porsche, Maserati or McLaren.
The Interior, Comfort and Space
Audi has a reputation for creating come of the nicest interiors on the market and in this regard the R8 does not disappoint. With heated seats on both the driver and passenger side combined with sports suspension, sitting behind the wheel for hours has never been more comfortable. This model features a sporty dashboard focused on the driver, crafted from quality materials and so far unique in the Audi range. The folding fabric roof when up does a surprisingly good job of keeping noise out and warmth in and it drops at the touch of the button to allow you to feel the wind in your hair and listen to that distinctive Audi engine. As with most two-seater sports cars, luggage space at a premium with a 100l boot capacity. However, Audi do sell tailored luggage that slots behind the seats to make the most of every inch of space, so this might be worth looking into if you plan on taking your R8 for weekends away.
Overall the Audi R8 Spyder 4.2 V8 Quattro easily rivals more expensive counterparts such as the McLaren 12C or the Ferrari 458, losing very little in terms of performance and coming in at many thousands of pounds cheaper to boot. Check out the Acklam Car Centre website to stay up to date on all the latest arrivals to find yourself a quality used R8 and experience the excitement of driving your very own performance super car.