It is very slow and unreliable. The engine his no power to go up hils. (Okay, let’s not get quite ahead of ourselves here on the ‘bargain’ front. First off, $200k is just a starting point for the R8 Spyder. For this particular 540 hp German thrill machine, its official $198,100 starting base price ballooned to more than $230k after options and freight. And this unit didn’t have the fancy optional sport exhaust that adds an extra button on the steering wheel hub that lets loose the hounds at the rear baffles, nor the available performance mode symbolized by a checkered flag on another steering wheel-mounted button that loosens up the stability control system as well.
That Lambo Spyder started north of $289k, but also came with plenty of options, pushing its as tested price well up to over $344k. These two wouldn’t be the closest competitors, as that Huracán had a more powerful 602 hp engine V10 engine that’s largely the same unit as the R8 Plus Spyder’s 610 hp V10. That top R8 Plus Spyder starts at $229,500, so there’s still a $60k difference in base prices for vehicles there with essentially the same drivetrains and dimensions.)