Audi Launches Lighter, Faster R8 GT Spyder, Only 333 to be Made

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You probably don’t have an Audi R8 GT. Audi built just 333 copies of its lighter, more powerful version of the flagship R8 5.2 V10 supercar, and predictably, they all sold out quickly. (Of those, only 90 came to customers in the U.S., and each one commanded $198,050.) Fortunately the brand is sating anyone who missed out -- and drivers who love the feel of the wind in their hair -- by launching a convertible version, the R8 GT Spyder.

For this fabric drop-top version, Audi employed the same formula as the GT coupe: the 5.2-liter V-10 engine is upgraded to 560 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque, up from 525 hp and 391 lb-ft in a standard R8 5.2 V10. The GT Spyder is said to be 187 pounds lighter than its 5.2 Spyder brethren -- carbon fiber front and rear spoilers, rear bumper, and side skirts drop 12.1 pounds alone; special bucket seats shave another 69.5 pounds in Euro-spec R8s, but they’re not legal for U.S.-market cars.

The upgraded engine works in concert with a six-speed, single-clutch R tronic automated-manual transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive to complete the 0-to-62-mph sprint in a claimed 3.8 seconds and muster a top speed of 197 mph. Those numbers beat the standard R8 Spyder 5.2 by 0.3 second to 62 mph and with a three-mph higher maximum velocity. Better still, the drop-top treatment means driver and passenger will be able to hear the V-10’s euphonic exhaust note even more clearly.

A new front splitter with “flic” aerodynamic add-ons, an enlarged rear diffuser, red GT badges, a fixed carbon-fiber rear wing, large round exhaust tips, and dark-tinted LED taillights help mark the GT Spyder’s exclusivity and performance. Black Alcantara with optional gray or crimson stitching, unique bucket seats, and white-faced gauges highlight the cabin.

As with the hardtop, just 333 copies will be issued, each bearing their unique number on the shift knob. The base price in Germany is a cool €207,800; American pricing and availability has yet to be announced.

Source: Audi

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