Personally, I’ve always had a soft spot for the first-generation Audi R8. Maybe it was the fact that Tony Stark drove it Iron Man or because it debuted just as I was really becoming a car enthusiast. Either way, the first-gen R8 is a car that’s very close to my heart. Especially the V8-powered R8 with a manual transmission. Drop the top and it becomes even better. Which is why this 2011 Audi R8 Spyder is tempting me to do something stupid.
This specific Audi R8 Spyder was just listed on Bring-A-Trailer and it looks fantastic. Let’s start with the spec of the car. It’s packing Audi’s old 4.2 liter naturally-aspirated V8 that makes 430 hp and 316 lb-ft of torque. While that’s not a lot by today’s standards, it’s more than enough to be fast. Plus, it makes an incredible noise. That free-breathing V8 is paired with a lovely open-gate manual gearbox that makes the most satisfying metallic *clink* with each shift. It’s just wonderful to use.
Obviously, it’s also the drop-top roadster variant, hence the “Spyder” in its name. While there are a lot of enthusiasts that dislike roadsters for their lack of torsional rigidity and extra weight over their fixed-roof siblings. However, the Audi R8 Spyder makes up for that with gorgeous topless looks and the added experience of hearing that glorious V8 without a roof on.
This specific car is painted in a very rare but very pretty Teak Brown Metallic and features a Brown Nougat interior. While it’s not the most exciting color combo, it’s rare and very good looking. Also, how cool is the idea of a brown R8?(!) It also only has 19,000-ish miles on it and looks to be in fantastic shape.
At the time of writing this, there are still seven days on the auction and the current bid is at $35,500. We expect it to jump up a lot higher than that before the gavel finally falls. I can’t afford this Audi R8 Spyder but I do have two kidneys and only really need one. So someone buy this car so I don’t do something rash.