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Audi R8 GT

Audi R8 GT

Audi R8 GT

Audi R8 GT

Audi R8 GT

Audi R8 GT

Audi R8 GT interior

Year (of specifications) 2010
Engine 5.2 litre V10
Transmission 6 speed R Tronic AWD
Max speed 198 mph
0-60 mph 3.5 seconds
Horsepower 560 hp
weight 1,525 kgs / 3,362 lbs

The R8 GT is both lighter and more powerful than the standard R8 V10.
Audi's R8 has been one of the most acclaimed contemporary supercars since its introduction in 2006. And rightly so. However one of the areas its sometimes come in for minor criticism is it's lack of drama or excitement, especially when compared to its Italian or British competitors. With the R8 GT Audi will be hoping to dispel any rumors that they make a sublime yet ever-so-slightly soulless supercar.

The Audi R8 GT is based on the top-spec Audi R8 V10. But then the engineers at Audi have worked overtime to reduce the weight and increase the power. At the same time they've thrown a few aerodynamic bits and pieces at it.

Like almost all of Audi's sporty S, RS and R models the R8 GT uses the company's ASF (Aluminium Space Frame) technology to keep the bulky mass of the chassis and body to a minimum - while also retaining strength and rigidity. Unfortunately because this lightweight unit is already in use on the standard R8 the engineers couldn't trim any fat here. Instead they chose to make numerous changes which would add up to a 100 kg (220 lb) weight saving. These changes include:
- Thinner windshield glass
- Polycarbonate firewall and rear window
- Fixed rear spoiler
- Thinner aluminium for front luggage compartment
- Carbon fiber rear hatch
- Carbon fiber rear bumper and sideblades
- Lighter braking system
- Lighter battery
- Less engine insulation
- Lighter interior carpeting
- Featherweight sports seats
- High grade thinner steel for exhaust system

The engine of the R8 GT is a 5.2 litre V10 which is primarily formed from lightweight magnesium. This unit redlines at 8,700 rpm, produces 560 horsepower, and also generates 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque @ 6,500 rpm. Thanks to this potent powerplant the R8 GT can hit 62 mph (100km/h) in just 3.6 seconds, and top out at 198 mph.

The Audi R8 GT's transmission is handled by a 6-speed R tronic sequential manual setup which offers an automatic mode with the Sport and Normal characteristics, and two manual levels. It is controlled using the short gear selector lever on the center tunnel and two paddles on the steering wheel. And of course the R8 GT uses the quattro AWD system which, under normal conditions, splits the power 15/85 front/rear. However if needed up to 30 percent of the power can be channeled to the front wheels in milliseconds.

The interior of the R8 GT has been given a few special touches which mark it out from the standard car. Most obvious are the prominent 'R8 GT' badges and embroidered floor mats. The instrument cluster features white dials with 'R8 GT' badges. The newly designed selector lever is made of CFRP and aluminum; the center tunnel and the door liners sport decorative inlays in the body color. The door sills feature trims of matt aluminum decorated with the 'R8 GT' logo.

The steering wheel, the headliner, the roof posts, the knee pad, the parking brake lever and the bucket seats are covered with Alcantara accented with contrasting stitching. A synthetic sharkskin-look material that feels slightly rough to the touch is applied to the bulkhead, the door liners, the instrument cowl and the dashboard. The "monoposto" - the arch in the cockpit - is made of matt carbon.

For owners who want to take the car on the track Audi are offering a race package for the R8 GT. It includes a bolt-in roll bar in red or black, which has both road and type approval, as well as road-approved four-point belts in red or black, a fire extinguisher and a kill switch for the battery. An optional front bar module for motorsports evens includes a rotary lock for the four-point seatbelt and turns the roll bar into a full cage.

Only 333 examples of the R8 GT are scheduled to be produced.

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Source: Audi

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