Audi Takes R8 to New Level with Special GT Edition

Audi engineers are raising their supercar ante with the 2012 R8 GT. ?Limited to 333 cars, with only 90 coming to the U.S., the R8 GT promises a new performance level with a world class 0 to 60 mph time of 3.6 seconds and t op speed, just a blink short of 200 mph (198.84 mph).

The performance impetus is an enhanced 560hp V-10 powerplant driving all for wheels through the R tronic? sequential gearbox and quattro? permanent all-wheel drive.

The price of such performance and exclusivity starts at $196,800.

R8 GT performance is greatly enhanced through the use of carbon fiber and aerodynamic improvements. The carbon fiber front bumper features aerodynamic flics at the front corners, increasing down force on the front axle, while the stationary carbon fiber rear wing and diffuser increase down force on the rear axle and shave 11.5 lbs. off the production version R8 V-10. Carbon fiber elements are used strategically throughout the body to reduce weight further.

Weight optimization was performed on virtually every component and body part, including the battery, air intakes and braking system. The rear hatch has been optimized to save 17.6 lbs. of vehicle weight. In total, the R8 GT is approximately 180 lbs. lighter than the R8 V-10.

ASF? frame technology makes use of aluminum throughout the body and helps maintain the low, overall weight of the R8 GT. ASF also helps increase vehicle rigidity for improved handling and performance.

The matte carbon fiber monoposto cockpit, with perfectly placed controls, defines the driver-oriented interior. Alcantara? surfaces and appointments are standard on the seats, steering wheel, hand brake, knee pad and headliner, all adorned with a choice of three contrasting stitching colors. Creating a seamless look from outside to inside, exterior color accents have been carried over to the interior.

While designed for performance, the R8 GT interior also exudes refinement offering available Audi MMI? Navigation, automatic air conditioning, and premium sound system.

The R8 GT features Electronic Stability Control (ESC), energy absorbing reinforcements in the front and rear and a full complement of air bags. A tire pressure monitoring system helps ensure that owners are warned if pressure falls below a preset threshold.

 

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