Remember those rumors about a more powerful and lighter Audi R8? Here’s the car we were talking about: the Audi R8 GT, a special edition limited to a total of 333 units and priced at $198,000. We didn’t think Audi would bless the U.S. with this baby, but we are actually getting about a third of those units sent over to us. Sweet!

As we mentioned earlier, the Audi R8 GT is a lighter car. In fact, it dropped about 220 lbs from a total of 3,582.51 lbs. In order to accomplish this weight reduction Audi added a windshield made of thinner glass and a bulkhead between the passenger cell and engine compartment. The window located in the rear hatch is made of strong, lightweight polycarbonate. Other additions that make this vehicle more lightweight are a fixed rear wing, thinner sheet metal and additional cutouts, a long rear hatch, a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) rear bumper and sideblades, lightweight carpeting accounts, and the glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) chassis in the bucket seats.

Another change to this skinny Audi R8 GT is the added power. The 5.2 FSI V10 has been tricked out to deliver a total of 560 HP and 540 Nm (398.28 lb-ft) at 6,500 rpm. The result is a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, from 0 to 124 mph in 10.6 seconds, and a top speed of 198.8 mph. This spicy engine comes with a sexy exterior body that comes in 4 different colors: Samoa Orange metallic, Suzuka Gray metallic, Ice Silver metallic, and Phantom Black pearl effect.

We are so thankful that the rumors were true because this car ended up being everything we anticipated it would be. Unfortunately, we think the closest the U.S. will get to having a peek at this car is through the online configurator which we hope they will produce.

UPDATE 04/19/2011: The Audi R8 GT will finally be released on the streets! In just the past few days, Audi has provided its first customers with their long awaited R8 models. The very first from a total of 333 units was delivered to its owner in the UK. He received a Phantom Black R8.

Hit the jump for more details on the Audi R8 GT.

  • 2011 Audi R8 GT
  • Year:
    2011
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V10
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    560 hp
  • MPG(Cty):
    17
  • Torque @ RPM:
    398 lb-ft. of torque at 6,500rpm
  • Displacement:
    5.2L L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.6 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    198.84 mph
  • Price:
    196,800
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

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In standard form, the Audi R8 is a formidable competitor to any other exotic supercar, but even more changes have been added for the GT. The major dimensions remain the same with the car being only 4.04 ft. high, 14.53 ft. long, and 6.33 ft. wide. Other cars at this level of performance produce great amounts of downforce at high speeds and Audi has been able to increase the R8’s downforce without increasing its low 0.36 drag coefficient. Further increasing the performance is the use of carbon fiber for the front splitter, side blades, diffuser, and rear wing. This material is extremely strong while remaining low weight and Audi has opted to leave most of it exposed from the paint coat to the rest of the car.

Other elements that are more cosmetic than anything else have also been added to the new GT. The frame of the front grille, including the struts and slats of the air intake are painted matte titanium gray. The grille itself is matte black. The R8 GT will be made available in 4 new colors: Samoa Orange metallic, Suzuka Gray metallic, Ice Silver metallic, and Phantom Black pearl effect.

Interior

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The interior has also been given some new performance inspired elements and includes plenty of options. As opposed to many other high performance cars, Audi has kept many of the creature comforts including automatic climate control, power windows, navigation system, and a 465 watt Bang & Olufsen sound system. The ergonomic feel of the original R8 interior is still very much apparent and the sporty touches give it a racecar-esque feel. Alcantara is used heavily and adorns the steering wheel, roof pillars, knee pad, parking brake lever, and bucket seats. Helping your R8 GT to stand out even further is the addition of an “R8 GT” badge that can be placed in several locations including the numbered badge (1 of 333) placed on the aluminum shift lever.

For those who think the R8 GT is still a little too tame there will also be a race package. It has a bolt-in roll bar that can be extended to a full cage. Four-point seatbelts for road-use finished in red or black, a fire extinguisher, and battery kill switch round out the enhancements that allow you to play race car driver on the weekend.

Lightweight Design

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A standard V10 Audi R8 is already using the Audi Space Frame technology that weighs a mere 462.97 pounds. This body is made by hand at the Neckarsulm plant and utilizes aluminum body panels and a lightweight magnesium engine frame. The R8 GT has been on a diet and lost even more weight than its counterpart thanks to several new pieces. The windshield has been made thinner and the passage between the passenger compartment and engine bay uses a polycarbonate window which together shave off nearly 20lbs. Another big enhancement is the use of Carbon reinforced Plastics (CFRP) for the rear hatch, which alone saved 14.55 lbs. This material has also been used on the rear bumper and side blades to save another 15 lbs.

The interior also offered a place for Audi engineers to make some improvements. The carpet was replaced with a lighter weight material that got rid of an amazing 17.42 lbs. The new racing bucket seats use a glass-reinforced plastic chassis that helps them to save an additional 69.45 lbs. Carbon fiber is also available for several other smaller areas of the car lending to a lighter weight and a sporty look.

Engine and Performance

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Slight changes to the V10 and its electronic controls have yielded some considerable performance increases. The 5.2-liter now makes 560 hp and 398 lb-ft. of torque at 6,500rpm. The figure of 6.00lb.hp is quite impressive and this new Audi can reach 0-60mph in 3.6 seconds. The powerful, high revving engine is capable of taking the car to a top speed of 198.84mph. This masterpiece is created in the plant in Hungary, utilizes dry sump lubrication, 90 degree cylinder angles, and weighs only 568.79 lbs. Making the extreme performance of this car even more special is that Audi has been able to make this exotic more environmentally friendly than the competition as the R8 GT gets a combined 17.17 mpg.

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Power is transferred to all four wheels via the 6-speed R tronic sequential gearbox. This system is capable of making shifts in 1/10 of a second and also features two manual shift modes controlled via the paddle shifters. Ensuring that all the power meets the road effectively is the launch control system and Audi Quattro all-wheel drive. As opposed to other road going Audi models, the Quattro system is rear-biased. The engineers have opted to send 85% of the power to the rear axle and 15% to the front under perfect conditions. This decision was optimal due to the car’s 43:57 weight distribution.

The chassis has been optimized through the use of a manually adjustable coilover setup. The body can be lowered 10 millimeters which, in conjunction with higher front and rear camber rates, give the GT more agile handling. The new 19-inch wheels are even available with Cup racing tires for the real enthusiast. Behind the new design sit 6-piston calipers biting down on nearly 15-inch internally ventilated discs. The final piece to this race track puzzle was allowing the driver to select to turn off the ESP traction control completely.

Pricing

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Audi of America has announced prices for the 2012 R8 GT sports car. The lightest, fastest, and most powerful entry in the Audi supercar lineup will be limited to only 333 units, with the US market only getting 90 of them. Prices will start from $196,800.

Competition

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That high price gives the Audi plenty of competition from the same companies that the R8 was originally poised against. The Mercedes SLS AMG provides comparable statistics in nearly every category and has a longer racing heritage. The new Ferrari 458 Italia would also have to be considered in this price range, because if you can spend $196,800 on an Audi than you definitely have the $220,000 for a prancing horse. The Ferrari will also reach 0-60 in nearly the same time at 3.4 seconds, but can get over the magical 200mph mark. The Audi certainly attracts its own loyal crowd and has been well received by almost every critic. The R8 GT will certainly only expand its reputation and easily attain the 333 customers.

The most powerful Audi R8, the V10 GT was also taken to the one track that really matters; the Nurburgring. With Horst von Saurma behind the wheel this ultra-sexy sportscar clocked in a time of 7:34, making it a direct competitor for the Porsche 911 GT3 RS that reported a time of 7.33.

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46 comments:

  (777) posted on 12.21.2011

Yeah, I agree that this car is powerful for a v10 technology. However. I thankful that Audi uses the modern technology rather than using the outdated V6.

  (594) posted on 11.30.2011

560 horsepower is really so impressive with this R8 GT! I also noticed that its exterior feature is too precise even with its interior. smiley Anyway, is it already on the market?

  (530) posted on 11.22.2011

The whole packaged of this Audi R8 GT is really so awesome, which made me think that it is worth buying for even though it will be going too expensive on its market production. smiley

  (466) posted on 11.21.2011

The Audi R8 will surely be stood out among its competitor! smiley I love the simplicity of its style, but I noticed that it is oozing with an appeal on that! The engine output of it, is also quite impressive either.

  (831) posted on 11.17.2011

This R8 GT is the best choice when it comes into a sports sedan! smiley the side rim of it also added an appeal on it, and the engine specification of this car, is truly very impressive!

  (382) posted on 11.14.2011

R8 GT is one of the best cars that Audi could produce! smiley I bet that the competition on the market would surely become so tough, the fact that its competitor is not a joke! Well, good luck for Audi!

  (374) posted on 11.9.2011

Well, the rumored is really true that this Audi R8 is absolutely looks so great and awesome and aside from that, it also had an impressive engine specification, which makes this car a complete packaged.

  (453) posted on 11.4.2011

I’m so impressed with the Audi Space Frame Technology that this R8 GT is using. Now I know if how they boost the engine of this, and I must say that I like it even more!

  (459) posted on 11.3.2011

Audi R8 GT is definitely an awesome car that everyone would love to have, and I’m glad that they used a striking and powerful engine for this one.

  (447) posted on 10.7.2011

I really love the appearance of this R8 GT, so simple but very aggressive. The interior is looking so fabulous also for a sports car!smiley I also noticed that it is too pricey which I don’t know if suited on it.

  (212) posted on 09.12.2011

A complete packaged for a sports car! A bit too pricey but its suits for it. And I must say that the exterior is almost perfect for me, it didn’t need more accessories.

  (347) posted on 08.22.2011

yeah, definitely this would be an awesome vehicle. The styling was great and I like the detailing and styling on this exterior and interior.

  (517) posted on 08.22.2011

One of the awesome vehicle lined up in the production of the Audi! The GT version will surely makes the vehicle more speedy!

  (317) posted on 07.28.2011

Well, I would say that this production version has an impressive speed performance and sporty look!! I bet it can really compete against the Italia and SLS AMG.

  (256) posted on 07.28.2011

The speed performance of the car is quite impressive and its current power output is kind of impressive. I like the sportiness of the Audi R8 and the aggressiveness of its interior.

  (399) posted on 05.5.2011

Well, I should say this is a great car, The overall package is worth buying for.

  (1211) posted on 04.26.2011

I agree. This car is really amazing with its sexy looks appearance that i should say a greater value for choosing this car, Its very worthy enough to be consider the best well made car. The appealing looks seems to be the stands out of the crowd.

  (134) posted on 04.25.2011

If you have the money and spend it for a car like this i think there’s no reason to doubt and have one. BTW, I don’t think that Italia would be great competitor since that this car is in limited edition.

  (541) posted on 04.25.2011

hmm. So this is the car that have rumored before. Well, I do loved the aesthetic of this car and for sure in an instant this car would sell like hotcakes.

  (579) posted on 04.20.2011

Yeah, I was impressed with the power of V10 technology used in this car. I bet the competing with the Audi R8 would be a big risk!

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