Audi releases 560 horsepower R8 GT

Audi releases 560 horsepower R8 GT

Audi dropped a much welcome surprise on the motoring world yesterday with the long-awaited announcement of its R8 GT.

The big news for the GT comes in the form of serious weight loss, because clever Audi engineers have managed to drop 100kg in weight from the standard R8’s kerb weight. Weight saving features include thinner glass, carbon-fiber and aluminum construction, a fixed rear wing, thinner sheet metal, and lightweight carpeting. The exterior also experienced numerous modifications that further sharpened its appearance. Many of them also reduce the weight and enhance the aerodynamics. The R8 GT produces even more downforce when driven fast than the standard production model

The 5.2-litre V10 engine has been bumped from 525 horsepower to 560, beating its cousin, the Lamborghini Gallardo. The GT is only available with the aforementioned R-Tronic hydraulically actuated semi-automatic, and when pushed to its limit, the R8 GT is claimed to accelerate to 100 kph in a mere 3.6 seconds and on to 200 kph in 10.6 seconds. Top speed has also been increased to 318 kph.

Limited edition is the name of the game and as such only 333 cars will be built in a single production run. As a special touch, each car will have a badge with its production number on the shift lever knob. The price in the German market will be €193,000 ($352,000 NZ).

Audi dropped a much welcome surprise on the motoring world yesterday with the long-awaited announcement of its R8 GT.

The big news for the GT comes in the form of serious weight loss, because clever Audi engineers have managed to drop 100kg in weight from the standard R8’s kerb weight. Weight saving features include thinner glass, carbon-fiber and aluminum construction, a fixed rear wing, thinner sheet metal, and lightweight carpeting. The exterior also experienced numerous modifications that further sharpened its appearance. Many of them also reduce the weight and enhance the aerodynamics. The R8 GT produces even more downforce when driven fast than the standard production model

The 5.2-litre V10 engine has been bumped from 525 horsepower to 560, beating its cousin, the Lamborghini Gallardo. The GT is only available with the aforementioned R-Tronic hydraulically actuated semi-automatic, and when pushed to its limit, the R8 GT is claimed to accelerate to 100 kph in a mere 3.6 seconds and on to 200 kph in 10.6 seconds. Top speed has also been increased to 318 kph.

Limited edition is the name of the game and as such only 333 cars will be built in a single production run. As a special touch, each car will have a badge with its production number on the shift lever knob. The price in the German market will be €193,000 ($352,000 NZ).

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