Base Versus Loaded: 2012 Audi R8 Spyder 5.2

By Brandon Turkus

February 01, 2012

There aren’t a lot of supercar manufacturers that will openly publicize how much a car costs while using an online configurator. Try and get a price on that pretty, new Ferrari FF you just built, and you'll be disappointed. It's worse at Lamborghini, which doesn't even offer an online configurator. Thankfully, Audi also builds cars that the a large percentage of the 99 percent can afford, so offering pricing is a necessity. That means we can build über-equipped R8 Spyders, and know exactly how many pennies we need to save up to buy one.
Price: $162,700 (Audi R8 Spyder 5.2) + $1250 (destination & handling) + $3000 (Gas Guzzler Tax) + $0 (options) = $166,950
Price: $162,700 (Audi R8 Spyder 5.2) + $40,050 (options) + $1250 (destination & handling) + $2100* (Gas Guzzler Tax) = $206,100
What Does $40,050 Buy?
R-Tronic Automatic Transmission - $9100
Lava Gray Pearl Effect Paint - $650
Audi Carbon Ceramic Brakes - $9900
Nineteen-inch Alloy Wheels - $800
Carbon Fiber Sigma Exterior Package - $8100
Carbon Fiber Sigma Exterior Mirrors - $1400
Black Leathe With Red Contrast Stitching - $250
Enhanced Leather Package - $3500
Carbon Fiber Sigma Interior Inlays - $2500
Carbon Fiber Sigma Door Sill Inserts - $1050
Instrument Cluster In White - $750
Perforated Leather-Wrapped Multi-Function Sport Steering Wheel - $250
Carbon Fiber Sigma Engine Compartment Inlays - $1800
Base Model Features
Power-folding, auto-dimming, power-adjustable and heated exterior mirrors
Exterior mirror housings painted in body color
Full LED Headlight system
Double wishbone front and rear suspension
LED engine compartment lighting
Retractable rear spoiler
Rain sensors for automatic headlights and windshield wipers
Engine compartment with LED lighting
High-gloss Black Singleframe® grille
LED brakelights
Carbon Fiber Sigma engine compartment inlays
Three blink, touch-to-pass lane change feature in turn signal
Aluminum optic engine cover vents
Flared rocker panels
Extended High-gloss black elements [front inlet and rear outlet grilles, front spoiler lip, uninterrupted rear center section, rear diffuser]
Wheels and tires
19" 10-spoke-Y-design aluminum alloy wheels with 235/35 front and 295/30 rear summer performance tires
Tire pressure monitoring system
10-way power-adjustable, heated seats including four-way lumbar support
Micrometallic Gray interior inlays
Automatic air-conditioner with sun sensor
Aluminum gearshift knob
Auto-dimming interior mirror with digital compass
LED interior illumination
Central locking system with selective unlock feature
Aluminum Optic accelerator, brake and clutch pedals, and footrest
Seats, headrests, door inserts and handles in fine Nappa Leather
Storage Package [Nets on driver and passenger backrests, luggage securing net on storage surface behind the seats]
Power windows [one-touch up and one-touch down feature for both windows, power retention when ignition shut-off, window comfort close and open with key in driver door]
Steering wheel
Leather-wrapped, magnesium, three-spoke, flat-bottom multifunction sport steering wheel with shift paddles
Tilt and telescopic manually adjustable steering column
Sport Seats
Fine Nappa leather
Heated front seats
Safety and Technology
Driver and front passenger advanced dual-stage airbag supplemental restraints
Driver and passenger seat-mounted head and thorax airbags
Anti-theft vehicle alarm system with vehicle immobilization device
Electronic cruise control
Audi parking system plus with rearview camera - includes ultrasonic sensors for both front and rear of vehicle
Pinch protection for front windows
Audi hill hold
Side intrusion protection, consisting of aluminum impact-absorbing beams; activation of the side thorax and head airbags by sensors in the doors, side-impact protection padding on doors
Driver and passenger knee airbags
Luxury and Entertainment
Bang & Olufsen® Sound System
Real-time traffic
Driver information system (DIS) with Lap-timer located within the instrument cluster
Bluetooth® mobile phone interface with safety belt microphone
6 disc CD changer
SIRIUS® Satellite Radio
Audi Magnetic Ride
Homelink® universal remote control
*The gas guzzler tax is $900 lower when the R-Tronic automatic transmission is optioned.