What makes the Audi R8 GT different from all other models in the R8 line-up?

Clearly, there are plenty of options to choose from, but a big part of the entire equation boils down to the tremendous weight savings given to the car compared to all other R8 models. Among other things, the rear bumper and diffuser is 17.6 lbs lighter; the battery is lighter by 20.7 lbs; even the carpeting used on the car is made from lightweight material, saving another 17.4 lbs along the way.

The front splitter and rear spoiler are also lightweight, creating the needed downforce to separate itself from the pack.

All in all, the R8 GT is 180 lbs lighter than its counterparts, making for a car that embodies the whole definition of a "high-performance sports car".

In the fourth and final episode of Audi’s R8 GT week, 5-Time Le Mans Champion and AudiWerks Driver, Emanuele Pirro, explains in detail exactly what makes the R8 GT the car that it is. Make no mistake, all the weight savings generated by the car allows its 560-horsepower, V10 engine to reach a staggering top speed of 198.4 mph.

To recap all four episodes of the week-long series, we’ve added the first three episodes of the series after the jump.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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  (630) posted on 09.9.2011

For a GT car, I have to say that it has a powerful power output! I’m so impressed with the speed performance of the car. And its a good thing as well that they have increased the top speed of the car. 

  (599) posted on 09.9.2011

I think the v10 engine produced a lesser amount of power. Although they have stripped down some weight on the car, I didn’t help much in delivering a more powerful vehicle. 

  (526) posted on 08.24.2011

Whoa, once again I saw this great car from Audi. This a very great production from Audi.. I guess it would never stay long in the market once it has been released.. It’s lightness makes its speed performance really breath taking..

  (347) posted on 08.17.2011

Well, it is the well-known GT R8 final part in this week. Most of the videos show how the car was tweaked and the how it delivers an impressive performance. I can say that this is totally different from other Audi.

  (342) posted on 08.17.2011

Aside from the awesome styling of the car, its a good thing as well that they have boost the engine performance of the r8. Well, its loud and clear on what makes this vehicle differs from the other lined production of R8.

  (517) posted on 08.17.2011

I’m really impressed with the speed performance of the car plus its awesome styling. Well, the stripped down in the weight of the car really helps to make it a speedy vehicle.

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