[review]2011 Audi R8 Convertible – Just Can’t Get Better Than This

A lot of you would’ve dreamt of owing an Audi R8 after seeing “Iron Man” (we know, after owning the Iron Man suit off course) or “Date Night”, and we are saying that because we dreamt of it, and are not shy of admitting it. The simple reason for this is the immaculate Hollywood styling of the Audi R8 Spyder, with its wide body, hypnotic LED running lights, smooth clamshell and low height. And just when we thought that we just had our dream car, Audi has launched the Convertible version of their R8 Spyder in the form of their 2011 Audi R8 Convertible.

The good thing with the R8 Convertible is that unlike some of the other Convertibles that we’ve seen in market, the 2011 Audi R8 Convertible has also got increase in power for its 5.2 ltr V10 engine, which now generates maximum power of 525 hp. The best thing that we like about the Audi R8 Convertible is its ability to handle corners. The car comes with an all-wheel-drive system, which further is complemented by a lightweight chassis. All this makes it a Supercar, that won’t want you to be Bruce Wayne to drive it heroically. Now, some might say that the effortless nature of the R8 convertible makes it comparatively less involving like its rear-wheel-drive rivals such as Porsche 911 or the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, but we’ll say that there definitely is something to be said for the comfort of vast AWD traction.

The best thing here is that the 2011 Audi R8 Convertible also is a rather good value, so whether you go for the 4.2 ltr V8 engine of the car or the 5.2 ltr V10 engine, you will end up getting a car that that will be a straight rival for the more expensive exotic supercars such as the Lamborghini Gallardo, which is also powered by the same V10. And now it comes with the same striking styling, and the cut-no-corners workmanship, that you expect from a landed gentry sports car, but only for a lower price.

But, Yes, there is a “but” here also, and that is, if you are expecting this exotic two-seater to take you and your someone special one on a long road trip, then you will be disappointed with the 2011 Audi R8 Convertible. The simple reason for this is the limited space of the car and really small space backside the seats, which isn’t helpful either. Even the navigation system of the vehicle is a tad clumsy to use and the elective R tronic automated manual transmission of the car is a tad clumsy at low down speed. But if these are none of your concern, then the 2011 Audi R8 definitely is just the perfect car for you.

What’s New for 2011 Audi R8 Convertible?

If you ever wished that Audi R8 shouldn’t have a roof, then the guys at Audi have answered your prayers in the form of 2011 Audi R8 Convertible. The R8 Convertible is a sports car from Ingolstadt, which enters the market with an increase in output power for its 4.2 ltr V8 engine by 10 hp.

Body Styling and features:
The 2011 Audi R8 Convertible is an exotic two-seat Supercar, which comes with two engine choices of 4.2 and 5.2 ltr V8 engine.
The standard equipment for the 2011 Audi R8 Convertible includes LED running lights, adaptative suspension dampers, automatic climate control, 19 in wheels, robotic xenon headlights, controller, leather and faux suede leather upholstery, heated 8 way power seats (having 4-way power-changeable lumbar), Bluetooth, a 7 speaker sound system having 6 CD changer, auto-dimming car mirror, satellite radio and auxiliary audio jack.

Under The Hood
The 2011 Audi R8 Convertible could be obtained either with a 4.2 ltr V8 engine or a 5.2 ltr V10 engine. The 4.2 ltr engine generates maximum power of 430 hp and 317 lbs-ft of maximum torque. The standard drive system here is an all-wheel-drive system. The engine here is paired with 6 speed standard transmission which also has a gated metal shifter this also is standard transmission here. The optional transmission although is an R tronic. The R8 4.2 sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 secs, for both its transmission.

The R8 convertible powered by a 5.2 ltr V10 engine generates maximum power of 525 horsepower and 391 pounds-feet of maximum torque. The Audi R8 ltr engine also has the same transmission alternatives as seen with the 4.2 ltr coupe. The 0 to 60 timings for the 5.2 is of 3.7 sec.

Safety Equipments:

The standard safety equipments for the 2011 Audi R8 Convertible include side airbags, knee airbags, antilock disc brakes and stability control. Some other optional equipment here includes rear and front parking detectors and a rearview camera.


The 2011 Audi R8 Convertible is the Convertible version of the Audi R8 and the car comes with the same V8 or V10 engine and also offers the same impressive capabilities. The car with roof was irresistible, and now that the roof is gone, its just one deals that you surely won’t want to miss.

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