Audi R8 GT

Oh man, have you ever seen such a specimen of mechanical beauty? “What, the R8?” you say? Not just an R8 my friend…this is the Audi R8 GT. Hot on the heels of our report that Audi is creating a lightweight, faster R8 (the R8 GT3 we thought,) Audi proves us right.

As any car enthusiast knows, the “GT” moniker denotes something special. Something just a step above your standard model. A high-performance version of your favorite car, and the R8 GT delivers.

Not only did Audi manage to shave a significant 220 lbs of the factory R8 V10, but they added an extra 35 horsepower out of the 5.2-liter V10 engine. So, how did they drop the weight you ask? Well, they used polycarbonate for the rear hatch window, a lighter windshield, thinner sheet metal, a fixed rear wing, various cutouts on the front luggage hatch, carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) for the rear hatch, rear bumper, and side blades, along with lightening the brake system, putting in a lighter battery, a new air intake system, lighter carpeting, and lighter seats. Whew! They really went the extra mile here, huh?

Too bad they kept a bunch of useless luxury stuff like automatic climate control, power windows, navigation, and MMI. Power windows I understand, but I certainly wouldn’t want navigation and auto climate control in what’s supposed to be a light version of the supercar. Given, it’s not stripped-down Lamborghini Superleggera-style (I’m waiting patiently for that one.) Still…DAMN that thing looks good. See all that carbon fiber? Check out the images below for more details – all that’s optional extra, sadly, and for a starting price of $255,628 – ouch! What’s even more disappointing is that it’s only available as an automatic. Well, the R tronic, but still, no stick shifter.

So, what’s that extra 35 ponies do for the R8 GT’s speed? From a complete stop, the car scoots from zero to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds – not too shabby – keeps going for 7.2 more seconds when it hits 124 mph, then up to a top speed of 199mph. No 200 mph club for it yet, huh? It’s already on sale in Germany, and don’t expect it in the States any time soon. Now the R8 Superleggera? They better bring that over here when it debuts.

Check out more glorious photos below:

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