Saturday June 4th, 2011 19:17 Audi Unveils the R8 GT Spyder


Yesterday, Audi unveiled its latest limited edition, high-performance sports car: The R8 GT Spyder. Audi will produce just 333 copies of the left-hand drive, open-topped Spyder, and each of these will have their build number stamped into the top of the aluminium gear level.

Based on the V10 version of the R8 Spyder, the GT version boasts an increase in power from 525bhp to 552bhp. With its 5.2-litre V10 engine, the GT Spyder produces 540Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm.

This increase in power, coupled with Audi’s significant efforts to lighten the car, has resulted in a marked increase in speed for the GT Spyder. Audi claim that the new sports car can go from 0-62mph in just 3.8 seconds, and has a top speed of just under 197mph. Even though it has less horsepower, these statistics match those of the Mercedes SLS Roadster.

Audi has managed to reduce 85kg from the weight of the car, meaning its weight now stands at 1640kg. Manufacturing the car’s body panels, front and rear spoilers and rear bumper from carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) has enabled Audi to do this. In addition to using lighter brakes, wheels and transmission, the German car manufacturer has also fitted the GT Spyder with special bucket seats that manage to save 31.5kg in weight on their own.

The R8 GT Spyder’s soft-top roof can be brought up or down in 19 seconds, and can function at speeds up to 31mph. Its glass rear window is separate from the soft top, and is nestled in the bulkhead of the car.

As far as standard equipment goes, the GT Spyder comes with LED headlights and tail lights, an automatic air conditioning system, an alarm system and a driver information system with a built-in lap timer.

Although there is no official release date for the Audi R8 GT Spyder, it is expected to be available before the end of this year, and at a cost of around £176,000.

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