The headline numbers for all the latest versions of Audi’s R8 tend to include the words lighter, stiffer, and faster; this incredibly sexy new £129,990 Spyder model is no exception.

Everything that moves beneath the car’s handsomely redesigned new bodywork has been paired back, improved, and mechanically enhanced. The chassis is several kilograms lighter than in the previous generation model (but 50kg more than the current coupe) thanks to the use of carbon and aluminium but – and this is the truly impressive stat – it’s also 55 per cent stiffer than before.

This provides a basic platform that bosses claim is unsurpassed by any other rival, at any price point. The R8 Spyder, in other words, is the stiffest open top car money can buy.

Watch the video to see what our friends from Auto Express think about the new Audi R8 Spyder.

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