If you’re liquid enough to break off $198,050 plus taxes and registration, you could well be one of the lucky 90 ripping about in a 199 mph Audi R8 GT in the U.S. We first told you about this car in our coverage of the Geneva Motor Show, and now we have the official word from Audi USA of the car's availability.
From that coverage, you may recall the GT we’re talking about flaunts a 560-horsepower version of the 5.2-liter V-10 found propelling the R8 V10. Up 35 horsepower on its now middle class mid-engine all-wheel drive brother; the R8 GT is capable of a 3.4-second 60 and a 199-mph top—thanks to the extra power, R Tronic sequential manual gearbox and light weight.
That lighter weight comes courtesy of selected carbon fiber components erasing some 180 pounds from Audi’s flagship performance coupe. Primary carbon fiber bits include the rear hatch, spoiler and diffuser. In addition to adding speed, the new carbon bits help improve handling as well.
If you’ve the good fortune to be invited to cruise about in an R8, you’ll know you’re in the GT if you find a numbered gearshift knob, white instrument cluster and carbon matte trim inlays. Of course, if the owner opted for the Samoa Orange paint, you won’t need to peek inside, that color is specific to the GT.
Other R8 GT specifics include matte finishes for the grille and the sideblades and the Alcantara festival going on inside. The seats, headliner, steering wheel, and handbrake are all swathed in the suede-like fiber.
If you want to push the price of your R8 GT past the $200,000 mark, pop for carbon fiber reinforced ceramic brakes and the 12-speaker, 495-watt Bang & Olufsen super sound system. And, just so you can make absolutely sure none of the other 89 U.S. R8 GT owners will have a car like yours, Audi has a catalog of other wheel and trim options you’ll want to peruse.
The Audi R8 GT Coupe is on sale now, no word yet on the potential for a GT Spyder. Although we're fairly certain that'll come—once all the coupes are spoken for :-)