The good news: In case you may have forgotten, Audi has created an even faster, lighter, and all-around badder version of its R8 supercar. Called the R8 GT, the hardcore Audi coupe can boast 560 horsepower (35 more than the R8 5.2), and top speed of 199 miles per hour, and a zero to sixty-two sprint of just 3.6 seconds. Best of all, the car is going to be sold in the US.
Well, don’t get too excited about that last part—Audi’s only making 333 examples of the R8 GT, and only 90 of those are headed to our sanguine shores. As a matter of fact, if don’t have yours on order, well, right now, there’s a pretty good chance you’re not getting one. Thank God for eBay, right?
$196,800 is the asking price for Audi’s greatest R8 to date. Considering that price is a healthy forty grand or so above the already stellar R8 5.2, and that you can only have the GT with the less-good R-tronic SMG transmission, we’re not quite ready to smash or piggy banks.
Scroll down to read the full Audi press release.
Audi R8 GT U.S. pricing starts at $196,800 as sales of limited-production sports car begin
• Only 333 Audi R8 GT models will be built worldwide; 90 for U.S sales
• Extensive use of carbon fiber parts makes the Audi R8 GT about 180 pounds lighter than the Audi R8 5.2 quattro coupe
• Modified 5.2-liter engine achieves 560 hp, 0-62 mph time of 3.6 seconds, top speed of 199 mph
Audi of America established prices for the limited-production 2012 Audi R8 GT starting at $196,800 at the launch of sales in the U.S. market. The Audi R8 GT is the lightest, fastest and most powerful entry in the Audi supercar lineup, which has won global acclaim. Only 333 Audi R8 GT models will be produced worldwide, with 90 slated for U.S. buyers.
2012 R8 GT pricing (excluding $1,250 destination charge, taxes, title, options and dealer charges):
R8 GT Coupe (R tronic) $196,800
(Information on pricing and specifications for the full Audi R8 lineup can be found at http://audiusanews.com/audi/assets/specs/11R8_PricingOptions.pdf.)
The 2012 R8 GT receives significant exterior modifications aimed at enhancing its already stellar handling, and it is powered by a modified 5.2-liter V10 FSI engine that produces 560 horsepower (35 hp more than the R8 Coupe 5.2 quattro and the R8 Spyder 5.2 quattro). The 2012 R8 GT employs the R tronic sequential manual transmission. This pairing produces a top track speed of 199 mph, and a 0-62 mph time of 3.6 seconds. Overall, the Audi R8 GT will provide drivers with high lateral acceleration and a low center of gravity.
The signature Audi ASF® lightweight construction of the Audi R8 GT, combined with extensive use of lightweight carbon fiber body parts reduces the weight by approximately 180 pounds when compared to the Audi R8 Coupe 5.2 quattro. Key carbon fiber components are the rear hatch, spoiler and diffuser.
The Audi R8 GT continues the heritage of mid-engine configuration with quattro® all-wheel drive that has distinguished all R8 variants. The axle load distribution of the R8 GT will be 43/57 front/rear. Integrated into the front differential is axle-load-optimized torque split with self-locking differential in the rear axle.
The newest member of the Audi sports car family was inspired by the Audi R8 LMS GT3 race car. To convey its limited-edition nature, the Audi R8 GT will come with a variety of exclusive interior and exterior touches. Each car will have a numbered gearshift knob. The instrument cluster will be white with the R8 GT logo and the interior will feature carbon matte inlays. The seats, headliner, steering wheel and handbrake lever will be black Alcantara® with contrast stitching. Door sills will include aluminum inserts with the R8 GT logo.
On the exterior, the grille, distinctive sideblade and other trim parts will come in exclusive matte finishes. The Audi R8 GT will also be available in an exclusive new color: Samoa Orange.
Optional carbon-fiber reinforced ceramic brakes are available to provide superb fading resistance even in racetrack conditions. Brake calipers with a red anodized finish come with the ceramic brakes. A 12-speaker, 495-watt Bang & Olufsen® sound system is also available. The Audi R8 GT offers other trim and wheel options to personalize the full array of standard features.
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