Limited Edition Audi R8 GT: Lighter, faster and more expensive

16 Mar

By Matt McCarron

When a car company decides to make a limited edition of one of their highest priced and most expensive models many people question whether or not the special edition vehicle is worth the extra money. This is especially prevalent when the particular model to be improved upon is a high performance one.

On Wednesday Audi unveiled plans to produced a limited edition of their signature model, the Audi R8. The limited edition Audi R8 GT will be restricted to only 333 units worldwide, with just 90 of those cars destined for the U.S. market. The R8 GT benefits from extensive use of carbon fiber throughout the vehicle, with particular attention focused on the rear hatch, spoiler and diffuser. This additional carbon fiber results in the R8 GT weighing 180 lbs less than a regular Audi R8 5.2 coupe.

2012 Audi R8 GT: Courtesy Audi USA

The heart of the R8 GT is a modified 5.2-liter V10 engine producing 560 hp, 35 more than the Audi R8 and R8 Spyder. This added horsepower allows the R8 GT to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, one tenth quicker than the R8 coupe, and reach a top speed of 199 mph. All of this horsepower is transferred to all four wheels via the Audi R tronic sequential manual transmission and Audi quattro all-wheel drive.

The R8 GT also features unique changes to both the exterior and interior of the vehicle. The exterior of the R8 GT features matte finishes on the sideblade and grill, and is also offered in a special paint color, Samoa Orange. The calipers on the optional carbon-fiber reinforced ceramic brakes feature a red anodized finish. The interior of the R8 GT boasts a numbered gear shift knob, and the instrument cluster painted white with the R8 GT logo. Other unique interior pieces include the seats, handbrake lever headliner and steering wheel finished in black Alcantara with contrast stitching.

Of course, all of these special features come at a price, and a high one at that. The Audi R8 GT has a starting MSRP of $198,050. That’s $49,050 more than the R8 5.2 coupe. If you want to get your hands on this limited edition R8 you better act quickly, very quickly. Just 333 units of the R8 GT will be produced worldwide, 90 of which will be imported to the U.S.

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