/2011 Audi R8 GT Revealed

2011 Audi R8 GT Revealed

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For those who been nagging all the time that Audi R8 is way too soft and unsurprising for a supercar, the company has made this, the R8 GT. It’s a tarted up version of the V10-powered Audi R8 which has been lightened and stiffened up, think of it as the R8 Superleggera! In brief, the power output of that 5.2 liter V10 is upped to 560 hp while the whole weight of the car is reduced by 100 kg, so now it is capable of time travel doing zero to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds, and reaching a top speed of 320 km/h.

Audi has gone to enormous length to make the R8 as light as possible, although it still weighs 1,625 kg. The windshield for example is made of thinner glass, the bulkhead between the passenger cell and engine compartment, as well as the window in the rear hatch are made of strong, lightweight polycarbonate, the retractable rear wing is replaced with a fixed carbon one, and wherever it was possible they made cutouts and used thinner sheet metal.

Other weight-saving solutions they’ve used worth mentioning include:

The long rear hatch is made of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) – an advantage of 6.6 kilograms (14.55 lb). The rear bumper and the sideblades of this same material save an additional 5.2 and 1.5 kilograms (11.46 and 3.31 lb), respectively. They shaved one kilogram (2.20 lb) from the power brake system, four kilograms (8.82 lb) from the aluminum caps of the brake discs and 9.4 kilograms (20.72 lb) from the battery. The engineers also found 2.3 kilograms (5.07 lb) in the air intake module and 2.8 kilograms (6.17 lb) in the insulation of the engine compartment. The interior also harbored substantial weight-savings potential. The new, lightweight carpeting accounts for 7.9 kilograms (17.42 lb); the bucket seats with a chassis of glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) account for 31.5 kilograms (69.45 lb).

The R8 GT features a few visual differences over the standard model including a new grille, new slashes in front and rear bumper, front spoiler lip, rear carbon diffuser and rear wing. You can have this model in four different colors: Samoa Orange metallic, Suzuka Gray metallic, Ice Silver metallic and Phantom Black pearl effect.

Fortunately, none of the luxury stuff you get with the standard models is gone! You still get an automatic climate control system and power windows, a navigation system with MMI operating logic and a powerful sound system. But the cabin is retrimmed in a more sporty way with racing style wheel and pedals and seats.

This limited edition model starts from 193,000 Euros in Germany, but like the normal R8s, it can cost way more than that when you are done with the options list, which are apparently very big for this car!

A number of exclusive features are available as options for the R8 GT. Exterior options include two alternative wheels, a body-color front splitter and a CFRP engine compartment lining. Carbon elements on the doors, the tunnel, in the cockpit and on the instrument panel are available as interior options. Others include a multifunction leather steering wheel, seat belts in red, orange or gray, floor mats with the “R8 GT” logo and CFRP door sill trims illuminated in red. If desired, Audi will fit seats with carbon frames, which are somewhat lighter than the CFRP shells. The Alcantara seat covers are optionally available with an embroidered “R8 GT” logo.

A race package is available for racing enthusiasts. 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. Buyers looking for more comfort and convenience can choose cell phone preparation with an innovative belt microphone. Audi also offers a full leather package, control elements in leather with contrasting stitching and a cruise control system as options. The parking aid is included with the standard.

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