Watch an Audi R8 V10 Spyder literally spit flames in the hands of DTM champion Mattias Ekström who has tested the coupe version a number of times before. He is given the keys to Audi's ultimate drop-top and told to go and have fun. An invitation like that is not one to be passed over by anyone, let alone a racing multi-champ.
First he drops the top for better sound effects, then tries out the 7-step Launch Control system said to hurl the 386kW (518 bhp / 525 PS) car from 0 - 100km/h in 4.1 seconds. After several turns in the empty underground parking lot, most of which involve some oversteering, he declares it to be a true sports car.
The R8 V10 Spyder has the same 5.2-litre engine used in the coupe and is only 6kg (13.2 lbs) heavier. The model driven here has the R Tronic transmission.