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Going topless in an Audi R8

The Audi R8 V10 Spyder boasts a V10 engine and sweet styling. But to enjoy this car to its fullest, take the top down.

An approachable animal

audi r8 v10
  • Base price: $162,700
  • Engine: 5.2L V-10
  • Fuel economy: 12 City / 19 Hwy

It was a good summer. Normally I drive pretty standard cars: Chryslers, Hyundais, Chevys. I don't get to drive too many exotics. But this summer I had a Bentley Mulsanne, and just a few weeks later I had this stunning Audi R8 V10 Spyder for the weekend.

I was expecting a beast. Exotic sports cars have a reputation for being hard to drive. Being new to this type of power, I was a little nervous. But I was surprised by how approachable and easy to live with the R8 really was.

- Last updated September 11 2012 06:14 AM ET