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The 560 HP Audi R8 GT Spyder, the most expensive R8 to date

2 Feb

Audi R8 GT Spyder: Photo Courtesy Audi USA

Audi has introduced their newest version of their top-of-the-line sports car. The R8 GT Spyder and its hard-top sibling are the most powerful R8 ever produced, it’s also the most expensive. With a base MSRP of $213,800 (inlcudes $1,200 destination fee and $2,100 gas-guzzler tax) the special-edition drop-top costs $38,650 more than the regular 5.2-liter Spyder. But what do you get for an additional 38 grand?

Well, just as with the R8 GT Coupe the Spyder will be limited to only 333 units worldwide, with 50 coming to the U.S. Beside the exclusivity you get an upgraded 5.2-liter naturally-aspirated V10 that ups the peak horsepower from 525 to 560. The added power is transferred to the road via Audi quattro all-wheel drive and a six-speed R Tronic sequential gearbox.

Audi R8 GT Spyder: Photo Courtesy Audi USA

More horsepower is always a good thing, but it’s useless if their is too much weight. To improve the power to weight ratio engineers have eliminated over 187 lbs with an engine frame made from lightweight magnesium along with carbon fiber-reinforced polymer and carbon fiber composite used heavily throughout the vehicle.

On the road the Spyder will be more agile and nimble due to a sport suspension with stiffened calibration. This tweak also lowers the GT Spyder by 10 millimeters.

The first deliveries of the Audi R8 GT Spyder are scheduled to take place this month. If you’re in the market for this four-ringed beauty you better hurry as only 50 units will come to our shores.

Interior of the Audi R8 GT Spyder: Photo Courtesy Audi USA

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Porsche returning to Le Mans in 2014

1 Jul

By Matt McCarron

Porsche 911 GT1: Courtesy Porsche North America

During the 24 Hours of Le Mans last month one might have noticed there was not much in the way of competition in the top-tier LMP1 sports prototype class. An Audi has claimed 10 of the last 12 overall wins at the world’s most prestigious endurance race. The other two overall wins went to Peugeot in 2009 and a Audi-powered Bentley in 2003. The last time Porsche took the overall at Le Mans was in 1998 when the 911 GT1, driven by Laurent Aïello, Allan McNish, and Stéphane Ortelli.

Despite 13 years passing since Porsche stood on top of the podium at the famed Circuit de la Sarthe Matthias Müller, President of the Executive Board at Porsche AG said it was only a matter of time before the most successful manufacturer in the history of the race returned to once again fight for the overall title.

“Porsche’s successes in Le Mans are unrivalled. We want to follow up on this with the 17th outright victory,” said Müller.

The return of Porsche Motorsport to the LMP1 class should add depth and variety to a class that has become more predictable in previous years. Audi and Peugeot will now have another serious competitor to contend with. More competition in a race like the 24 Hours of Le Mans is always a good thing, especially when the new competition includes a manufacturer with as storied history as Porsche.

Porsche 911 GT1 at Circuit de la Sarthe 1998: Courtesy Porsche North America

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