There’s no denying that a degree of agility and poise has been taken away from this car, so Audi has had to add something else to maintain its appeal.

No, the R8 Spyder is not the driver’s tool it is with a fixed roof, but that’s no more surprising than finding that it gets dark at night.

The R8 Spyder is a success

The hood and its mechanism are exceptional and allow greater interaction with an engine that’s borderline sensational.

What’s impressive is that the torsional rigidity has fallen as little as it has and that the revamped suspension settings have left most of the coupé’s driving characteristics intact.

The R8 Spyder is not just a car for comparison with the coupé, though. That, dynamically, it has little to fear from a Mercedes-AMG SL63 or a Ferrari California tells you much of what you need to know.

The R8 Spyder is a success.

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