Sure, theAudi R8 is not exactly snail like and this is even more so once the sports car has been tuned by ABT Sportsline. The result is a real workhorse, which does not just hint at power, but also doesn’t have a single gram of fat on its body. With this limited number version of the R8 GT R (only 25 units were produced), engineers and designers have gone one step further: they have experience from motorsport flowing into the design and all the components have been systematically trimmed to ensure a light-weight construction and optimal weight distribution. As a result, not just the bonnet, front and rear aprons, the adjustable rear wing or the tailgate are made of carbon, but the outline edge on the rear, the external mirrors, and the door panel are also made of the same material. The side windows are made of Makrolon - the high-tech polycarbonate does not just reduce weight, but also has impressive strength properties. The result ends up being an ABT R8 GT R that is a proud 100 kg lighter than its counterpart.

The well-trained sports car has enormous performance potential. Instead of the series-standard 525HP (386 kW), the 5.2 FSI in the ABT R8 GT R provides a massive 620HP (456 kW) and, as a result, the light car travels extremely quickly. It hits a top speed of 325 km/h and makes the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 3.2 seconds and the 200km/h mark in a mere 9.9 seconds. In order to ensure that the power can be optimally applied on the road and on the race track, height-adjustable ABT Sports suspension and adjustable dampers are standard on the ABT R8 GT R. The ceramic brake system with modified brake pads has been adjusted to meet the enormous performance potential of the super sports car. The extremely light ABT CR alloys round off the package. On the front axle they are mounted in 9x19 inch and on the rear axle in 11x19 inch. The Michelin sports cup tires are the perfect choice for the car. The ABT R8 GT R is a unique vehicle which provides maximum driving enjoyment. It has been designed for driving at the limit: from the weight-optimized exhaust unit to the ABT Titanium special coating – ABT’s love of motorsport can be seen in every detail.

The ABT R8 GT R – Testing at the Nurburgring High Resolution Exterior
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MTM-GT3-2 equivalent GT car from MTM

This was in direct competition with the MTM Audi GT3-2 which is a shy 560hp, but after speaking to Roland Mayer at MTM he teased us about the upcoming twin-turbo V10 in development. After his experience in the bi-turbo Audi market, this should be an interesting update to the R8 customizer market and we suspect a 680hp model.

Tony Dewhurst
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  (806) posted on 06.2.2010

@ andress - yes the gt-r is more faster even though is has a v6 engine but the R8 is more fun to drive, plus it’s engine noise is like a music.

  (134) posted on 06.1.2010

The most parts ABT R8 GT R is like bonnet, while the front and rear aprons, the adjustable rear wing, tailgate, external mirrors and the door panel are made of carbon fiber. Also I think this why they are achieving a successful production.

  (1332) posted on 05.31.2010

Yes, it’s engine noise is way different than the regular R8 and much more fun to drive, but unfortunately it was already smoke by a VR38DETT engine. Well that’s the legendary V6 engine of the GT-R.

  (42) posted on 05.31.2010

Audi has made a car that seems to grab more of the headlines of the car magazines and websites such as this one and host of others. every body kit i have seen looks good then again there a few i have seen that dont even look on it. I like the GT that Audi has brought into production it looks like the Gt that races in the FIA GT

  (868) posted on 05.31.2010

Just crop it.

  (58) posted on 05.31.2010

OK why does all the photos have "Top Speed" emblems all over them? So much for using these photos for wallpaper.

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