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Italdesign Has Built An Even More Expensive R8-Based Supercar

The unfathomably expensive Italdesign ZeroUno has spawned a convertible Roadster brother, and while it's stunning, it's also ridiculously pricey

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Remember the bizarre Italdesign supercar based on an Audi R8 but 10 times the price before options? Of course you do. A refresher is right here.

Just five examples of the ZeroUno were built and, presumably, sold. This year the Audi-owned design house is returning to the Geneva Motor Show with a convertible Roadster version designed to mark the firm’s 50th anniversary.

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The Roadster will have the same running gear, which is to say the R8 V10 Plus’ running gear; a 5.2-litre V10 that could take the largely carbonfibre coupe past 62mph in 3.2 seconds and on to a top whack of 205mph. The convertible shouldn’t be much, if any slower off the line, but might have a slower top speed owing to the extra drag.

With a double-buttress-style engine cover it’s not obvious whether there’s actually a roof or not. It’s possible that it’s a complex Italian faff-job akin to putting up a borrowed tent using instructions written in Klingon, and it’s also possible that there’s none at all.

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The coupe cost £1.3 million before options, so with Italdesign’s pricing in mind the Roadster could easily top £1.5 million plus extras. Even if we win the Euromillions jackpot tonight, we reckon we’d still just take an R8 like this one…