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Audi Unleashes Driver-Focused Audi R8 GT


2012 Audi R8 GT

2012 Audi R8 GT

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Audi has taken the Audi R8 with the 5.2L FSI V-10 and gave it a similar treatment that Lamborghini gave the Gallardo Superleggera and is calling it the R8 GT.

Like the Gallardo, the car has lost about 220 pounds compared to its “normal” R8 brother. In order to lose this weight with the added Quattro system, the engineers had to nit-pick to save weight. First the windshield has thinner glass, plus the bulkhead and rear windows have been replaced with polycarbonate pieces, saving 19.84 pounds.  The aluminum trunk lid was thinned and cutout, saving another 5.73 pounds. The fixed spoiler in the rear also saved 2.65 pounds.  Carbon fiber rear hatch, rear bumper and sideblades saved an additional 29.32 pounds.

The interior has trimmed down too. Lightweight carpet and fiberglass backed buckets seats saved 86 pounds.

After these sources were exhausted, the mechanicals were looked at. The brake system has been redone and brought 11.02 pounds with it. The battery was replaced with a ligh-weight unit that saved 20.72 pounds. The engine compartment lost its insulation and standard air intake to save 11.18 pounds.

The Superleggera got a stiffed when it came time for a power increase. While the Lamborghini only got a 10 hp bump, the V-10 in the R8 GT received a decent 42 hp increase, from 518 hp to 560.

2012 Audi R8 GT

2012 Audi R8 GT

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All this adds to decent performance increases in acceleration. It now takes 3.6 seconds to get to 62 mph instead of the regular V-10 R8’s 3.9. Top speed gains a paltry 2 miles at 199 miles per hour. With all that weight off of the car, we bet the R8 GT handles and brakes better too.

Only 333 are going to be made, and each car will have the production number on the shift knob. It will also come with two exclusive wheel options and carbon fiber elements in the interior, as well as “race pack” which will include a roll cage, four point harness, battery kill switch and fire extinguisher.

There is no word on price or whether the car will come to the U.S.

[Source: Audi]

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