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Acklam Car Centre Prestige Cars Review the Audi R8 Spyder 4.2 V8 Quattro

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 

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The Basics

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.

The Drive

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 Specs

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.

Acklam Car Centre’s Top Five Tips for Driving on the ‘Wrong’ Side of the Road!

If you’re jetting off to foreign climes this summer, we’ve got just the thing for you this week, with Acklam Car Centre’s top five tips for driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road.

The Rest of the World Drives on the Other Side of the Road!

Summer is well and truly here, and with end of the third week in July approaching, many of you out there will be planning your annual family holiday; a time for you to relax with your loved ones, and make memories that’ll last a lifetime.

driving on the right

Most other countries in the world drive on the right-hand side of the road

A lot of people like to head off the beaten track and hire a rental car to get the full holiday experience, but this comes with a major problem. That problem? We British are kind of weird and we drive on the left side of the road. Just about everyone else? They drive on the right!

Acklam Car Centre’s Top Five

It can be a little disorientating to suddenly find yourself on the opposite side of the road, and if you’re not careful, you could cause  an accident, which is why you might want to try out Acklam Car Centre’s top five tips for getting to grips with driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road:

1)      Pay Attention: Something you should always do whilst driving, it’s especially important when you’re driving on the other side of the road. Stop paying attention and your body could go into default mode, make a wrong turning and cause a lot of damage.


2)      Take it Slow: This is no time to speed. If you drive too fast, one minor slip up, due to not being used to driving on the wrong side of the road, is more likely to cause lasting damage because you have less time to react and rectify your mistake.


3)      Watch Other Drivers:  Chances are, the other drivers on the road will be far more used to driving on that side of the road than you are, so take your cue from them.


4)      Test it Out: Before you take the rental off the lot, give it a test drive first so you can get used to how it drives. Knowing your car will take some of the strain off having to constantly think about driving in the opposite direction.


5)      Limit Distractions: You don’t need blaring music or arguing kids distracting you from the task at hand, so limit your distractions so you can focus on the road ahead.

Driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road certainly isn’t the easiest thing ever, but it’s entirely possible, as long as you make sure you’re ready for the task at hand!

The Rise of the Aston Martin

In celebration of the monumental deal Acklam Car Sales completed with an expat from Australia this month for the purchase of an Aston Martin DB7 Vantage, we thought we’d take this tie to educate you all on the rise of this iconic car brand.

When you think of British cars, what do you think of? Ask most people that question and you are most likely to find that the answer is the legendary Aston Martin DB5; the car epic British fictional spy James Bond made famous. However the history of the Aston Martin is so much more extraordinary than this one piece of it.

The Aston Martin in fact has a hundred years plus heritage and was one of the first British cars to make it out onto the road when cars were but a dream to most of the population.

The company itself was founded on the eve of World War One, just over a hundred years ago in 1913. It was founded by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin originally as ‘Bamford & Martin Ltd,’ a name that didn’t last for long as the next year, 1914, saw the creation of the official ‘Aston Martin’ brand.

The year 1920 was the year that the business famously relocated to Kensington, after the name was adopted following Lionel Martin’s successful runs at the Aston Hill climb in Buckinghamshire. That was how the name came into being.

From there the goal was to create a world famous luxury brand and the roaring twenties was certainly the perfect time to go about it. 1922 was the year that the Aston Martin first competed in the landmark French Grandprix, which saw it arrive on the world stge.

However financial problems plagued the company until it closed in 1925. That was not the end though, as a group  of investors came in to save it in 1926, when it officially became ‘Aton Martin Motors Ltd.’ From here the only way was up, as the company built a range of competitive sports cars and saw entry into the iconic Le Mans 24 hour race in 1928.

The next few decades saw it become a global brand. It adopted mass production, embraced David Brown as leader of the band and introduced the DB models that would one day make the Aston Martin the choice of the famous British spy James Bond.

From there, the rest is history, Acklam Car Sales blog readers. This car is iconic to the point where it’s synonymous with Britishness and even today it’s a triumph of engineering in a way that other cars just simply aren’t.

What do you need from your flash new convertible?

When you buy a convertible, you’re buying something that isn’t just about practicality; it’s about the open top experience that you can use to jet off into the sunset. Nevertheless, there are some very practical concerns that you should consider to get the best out of your convertible.

At Acklam Car Sales, one of the most respected car dealerships throughout the North of England that trades on an international scale, we’ve seen so many people buy convertibles. For them it’s all about the look. What kind of statement does it make? The thing is that there’s so much more that goes into buying this prince of cars.

First comes the consideration that comes from the name itself- the roof. Which will work better for you? Is it the open top convertible or the closed top? That’s the point, if you don’t want the roof that lifts off then you really shouldn’t be thinking about the convertible at all.

Then you need to think about how the roof lifts off. The older style convertibles have a top that you have to remove yourself whilst the newer ones are mechanised. Which one works best for your budget? Do you want a vintage look?

Now we move away from the roof and think about performance. As a class of sports car, convertibles are known for their performance capability and you need to think about what works best for your lifestyle. There’s no point getting a car that goes from nought to sixty in six seconds if you have kids that might be in it. Be sensible.

It’s also essential that you think about spec, as this can be a real issue for convertibles and sports cars in general. You need to think about the engine/gearbox combinations and trim levels. Certain combinations and trim levels are more favoured in the market place and can be used to secure a better deal. Ask for more details on this.

Finally, you really need to think about cost. Convertibles are luxury items and they can set you back a fair bit. Can you handle the cost? Would it be better to get it second hand? At Acklam Car Sales we regularly have a fantastic range of convertibles and you’re sure to find one that’s right for you.

Acklam on the rise with £35,000 Aston Martin sale

Acklam Car Sales hit the new this week after striking a landmark Aston Martin sale worth £35,000. The deal sees the North-East car dealer continue to grow as it drives on the road to global success.

The Northern Echo reports that this week Acklam Car Sales, a Middlesbrough-based car brokership that has gained a stellar reputation throughout the North-East of England, has extended its global reach, after ramping up sales figures and expanding into the lucrative Australian market.

Acklam has gained a reputation for excellence throughout the industry, and this expansion down under follows hot on the heels of company expansions into lucrative European markets, such as France, German and Cyprus.

The deal that led the car dealership down under came in the form of the sale of an Aston Martin DB7 Vantage for £35,000, to an expat businessman who currently resides in Perth, Australia.

The Aston Martin, the ultra-cool car brand made famous by suave fictional spy James Bond, especially the iconic DB5 model, is considered today to be one of the most well-known, admired car brands in the world.

According to Acklam Car Sales, this 14 year old V12 DB7, which is currently making the round the world trip down under, has only had one previous owner who clocked up only 25,000 miles in his time behind the wheel.

Furthermore, Acklam manager Chris Andrews pointed out that as they stock other luxury car brands such as Porsche, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz, they are perfectly positioned to spot an oncoming trend. That trend is that these models are seeing a big rise in the rate of demand as buyers’ confidence makes a strong return due to the sustained economic recovery.

Andrews said that “it’s been a fantastic year and we’ve seen a definite change in the market across the UK and beyond.” The 35 year old expanded by saying that “sales are up, which we hope is the shape of things to come, and people are starting to feel like they are coming out of the recession and into a recovery.”

Andrews then turned his attention to the DB7, saying that it is going up in value and that this particular buyer was a perfect example of this rising trend. He said that “the buyer moved to Australia 30 years ago and had always fancied an Aston Martin, so this was perfect for him.”

It’s been a banner week for Acklam Car Sales as interest in the North-East car dealership spreads beyond the continent, reaching a truly global audience.