Cars And Coffee With The Audi R8 Spyder

Cars And Coffee – Introduction

After I drove the Audi R8 V10 Plus this spring, it was time to have some fun with Audi’s new model: the Audi R8 Spyder.

Of course the excitement was high, even though this version is a bit less powerful and since it’s a convertible – heavier. No doubt, summer is the perfect season to drive a Spyder. The V10 engine is definitely something special and now that we’re facing a massive downsizing trend, it makes you feel a bit nostalgic. 

The perfect event to do with the Audi R8? Cars and Coffee seemed to be a cool thing to do. 

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Cars And Coffee – What is it about?

That’s pretty easy to explains: it’s supercar enthusiasts meeting for a coffee and exchange their experience. The events happen all over Europe, just check their page and figure out if there is anything coming up in your city. 

In case you wanna see more pictures you can find them on the following Facebook pages: Ride Along Events or Cars & Coffee

The Audi R8 Spyder

The Driving

Driving a convertible V10 is incomparable to anything else. It’s worth every penny for the extra access you get to its deafening sound of pops, crackles and naturally aspirated wail. It’s so much fun and at the same moment you feel a bit melancholic, because the chance you might get this in a future model is decreasing rapidly.

The Audi R8 Spyder is pretty heavy with a weight of 1720kg. But you know what? It simply never feels that fat. The pace of its 540bhp V10 helps and the agility delivered by Audi’s quattro four-wheel-drive.

The R8’s roof takes 20 seconds, and can be operated at up to 40km/h which is pretty helpful in case it starts to rain.

The Audi R8 Spyder is the ideal car to drive amongst a coast road or a mountain pass and just listen to the echo of this magnificent V10. The seven-speed paddleshifter is superb and makes long distance cruising easier than you might imagine.

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The Engine

Feels and sounds fabulous, and it’s quick. The numbers?

  • Equipped with a naturally aspirated V10
  • Delivers 540bhp & 540nm of torque
  • 3,6 seconds from 0-100km/h and 11,8 from 0-200km/h

Its Interior

You will be facing a pretty typical Audi interior here. The cockpit that debuted on the TT is superb, and suits the more selfish nature of driving a supercar. There are a few fancy options which might be one of the reasons the car is heavier than its competitors.

A cool feature: The little ‘noise window’ – a piece of glass that opens up the V10 orchestra without you having to open the roof, sophisticated!

Audi R8 Spyder – Any disadvantages?

We talked about this earlier, there is a bit too much weight. A price of 260k seems to be bit high, let’s see what the brand plans in future. 

What about the Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus?

I’m talking to Audi about this. It looks like the Germans already announced it with the same 610bhp V10 that sits underneath the Lamborghini Huracan and the R8 V10 Plus. Let’s see if there is a chance to drive it soon!

Cars And Coffee – My Experience

I have never seen such a big audience on a supercar event, it’s just mind-blowing. The attention we had with this unique Audi R8 Spyder was simply incredible. I will not be able to make cars and coffee in Zürich, but I hope for the next upcoming events.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio – Would I Finally Buy It?

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio – Introduction

Following my article with the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (manual gearbox), it was time to drive the automatic version. As previously explained, the AT model is mighty 7 seconds faster on the Nürburgring. So I kind’a knew it will be exciting to drive. But, will it convince me, so I’d buy one?

‘Giulia Quadrifoglio’ – what does it actually mean?

Giulia simply explains the model name of this tremendously good-looking Alfa Romeo. The term ‘Quadrifoglio’ might sound like a quattro formaggi pizza, but believe me, there is no relation.

Quadrifoglio – Explained

The four-leaf clover is a lucky symbol, used since 1923 by the racing technicians. First used, the car won the race. Ever since, the sign is also used for production cars.

So, in case own a BMW M3 and that makes you think you’re the king – we have this Alfa, which will prove you’re wrong. For a few reasons we will explain now.

Alfa Romeo Giulia – The Performance

Man, I was surprised with the manual gearbox but the AT version is not much less than: badass. So taking a mountain pass or go to the track is what you should do with it.

Since we don’t have racetracks in Switzerland, I went to do the Sustenpass chasing a few bikes (yep, the other cars simply couldn’t compete.)

The day before, I came from Barcelona driving the McLaren 570S Spider. Of course, it’s impossible to compare the two cars, but let me tell you one thing for sure: My first thought back in the Giulia? I was not disappointed for a single second.

What Makes This Car So Fast?

Balance & Power

The Giulia Quadrifoglio’s front-mounted, all-aluminum Twin-Turbo V6 engine and rear-wheel drive system, create a near perfect 50/50 weight distribution3 with optimal balance.

A body in high-strength steel, fenders and doors in aluminum, a carbon fiber hood, roof and driveshaft, front seats in carbon fibre  and aerodynamic appendices work in conjunction with the patented all-aluminum suspension to create a near perfect balance.

Active Aero Front Spoiler

This is the only sedan in the world to be equipped with an active aero front splitter. This adjustable carbon fiber spoiler is integrated into the front spoiler. Sophisticated and electronically controlled, it dynamically balances and adjusts overall downforce. On straights, the splitter is closed to minimize resistance and drag. On corners — or when braking — it opens up to provide up to 220 pounds of downforce for optimum balance.

Torque Vectoring

Torque vectoring technology further positions the Giulia Quadrifoglio at the top the premium mid-size sedan segment. This system controls wheel spin by optimizing the power distribution between wheels in traction. There’s no loss of power— but better handling.

The Best Alfa Romeo So Far

Yes, that’s what it is. Nothing breaks down, no annoying or unnecessary error messages. This Alfa Romeo actually works. The competitors? Maybe the BMW M3, Mercedes E63 AMG? Not a chance. And they’re all more expensive and: slower.

To sum this up:

  • 510bhp / 600Nm torque
  • Fastest four-door saloon on the Nürburgring
  • Torque vectoring technology provides the differential with the ability to vary the torque to each wheel.
  • 3,9 seconds 0-100 km/h
  • 307 km/h top speed (!)

Would I finally buy it?

Hell, yes! It’s simply brilliant.

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