From sketches to reality, this is the Audi R8 GT Spyder, the latest evolution of the German supercar.
The mixture of the GT and the Spyder has resulted in a lighter, faster version of the car that is just as fast as the Mercedes SLS Roadster with a top speed of 317 km/h. The car has a 412 kW (560 hp) V10 engine and it’s also 85 kg lighter than the normal model, so it does 0 to 100 km/h in a blistering 3.8 seconds. The R8 GT Spyder comes standard with an automated six-speed R tronic transmission with two fully automatic modes.
While the GT maintains its quattro system, it has has a strong rear-wheel bias which in plain English means the four-wheel-drive system will let you have a little bit of fun sliding the car before it steps in and brings order to chaos.
Just like its coupe variant, the R8 GT Spyder will be limited to 333 units and you an tell what number is yours by looking at the individual number on the gear lever knob. Visually the car comes with add-on parts in contrasting titanium gray, a front splitter with a dual lip, flics at the sides of the front bumper, red GT badges, round exhaust tailpipes, an enlarged diffuser and dark LED tail lights in a clear-glass design. You may even have the windscreen frame in matte CFRP.
The diet continues inside where you get glass fiber-reinforced polymer seats that shed 31 kilo and lots of suede instead of leatherand white dials and R8 GT logos. The distinctive R8 “monoposto,” a large arch encircling the driver’s cockpit, is made of matt CFRP. The roof is made of fabric obviously, and its electrohydraulic drive brings it up or down in 19 seconds, even at speeds up to 50 km/h (31.07 mph).
In spite of all the weight saving efforts, Audi still offers a Bang & Olufsen and a Bluetooth interface including a seatbelt microphone for carrying on a phone conversation among other luxuries.
The limited edition Audi R8 Spyder GT costs 207,800 euros in Germany.