Greetings R8Talk members. I am new here, and this is my first post, aside from the new member introduction thread. I recently became interested in the R8 and started poking around on this site, and now it's time to jump in.
I live in NYC and have been car-free for over a year. I bought a condo a year ago and wanted to free up as much cash flow as possible... Plus a car is much more of a luxury than a necessity in this city. Subway, cabs, and just walking are usually all you need. That said, I have been a "car guy" my whole life, and the lack of wheels is starting to get me down. So I have been thinking about what to get next.
My previous car was a 2009 S5, and I loved it. I did have a few mechanical issues - the blind spot indicator gave out and had to be replaced, some interior door panel trim detached from the door, and the radio broke. Each problem was fixed under warranty by the dealer. Otherwise, it was an amazing car - fun to drive, practical enough for carrying passengers and cargo, AWD for the bad weather (which we get pretty often), and just gorgeous, inside and out.
For my next car I had been mostly considering 4- and 5-seat coupes and sporty sedans such as the Audi S7 and RS5, Mercedes CLS 550, BMW 650i, and possibly a used Bentley Continental GT. All have seating for 4-5 people, AWD (standard or optional), and a balance of luxury and performance. But I have seen a few R8's around here lately, and it is just such a beautiful machine. It also seems that you can get a used one in good shape, with low mileage, in the $80k-$90k range, which seems like a phenomenal value. (Used Continental GTs can be had in the same price range, which seems like a good deal too.)
So here is my question for R8 owners and drivers out there. The R8 would be my only internal-combustion means of conveyance. Am I crazy to get a car like this for this purpose? I mainly use it to get out of the city, to drive up to New England or upstate NY to see relatives, day or weekend trips in the region, etc. I don't drive to work or have any regular car-based errands. I am concerned that the lack of a backseat or much of any cargo space, plus the exotic/sporty nature of the car, might make it a poor choice if I don't have something more practical to use when needed. On the other hand, I'm getting a car because I want one, not because I need one. And the AWD and high-quality Audi interior seem to make this car more livable than its peers (I would need to drive in all weather and on some 5-6 hr freeway trips).
Please let me know any advice you would give to someone in my situation... I will certainly still be a huge R8 fan even if it proves not to be the best choice for me at this time... Thanks for your help!