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2011 Audi R8 Spyder: Why wait?

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  August 19, 2011 01:15 PM

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(Darren Durlach/Globe Staff)

Supercar shopping isn’t as easy as waving a certified check in the air. Thing is, if you just found out the Ferrari 458 Italia existed, you can’t buy one. You’ll probably wait a whole year or more. If you didn’t know the Mercedes SLS AMG was nearing completion in 2009, too bad. Nearly all of the 500-per-year allotment is taken through the 2012 model year. A new Porsche 911 GT2 RS is — nope, sorry, two of the four in this country are used.

And Warren Buffet says the rich have it too easy.

But thanks to Audi, they can go burn $172,000 in their checking accounts today. According to, there are more than 200 R8s sitting at US dealers, waiting for Lamborghini buyers to cancel their Gallardo orders. Audi won’t recommend this (they own Lamborghini, which donated the Gallardo’s 5.2-liter V-10 engine), but dealers should smear every R8’s windshield in neon dry-erase marker. A LAMBO at $30,000 OFF! Why WAIT??

Two minor things. A Porsche 911 Turbo S is much, much faster than the R8 for the same money, and a Corvette ZR1 is faster for much less money. Who, exactly, cares? Next to the R8, both look like Amish buggies.

Click on the video below — you’ll get the idea.

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