As expected, Audi revealed today the all-new R8 GT Spyder, the open-top version of its extreme supercar. As you may know already, the Audi R8 GT Coupe was unveiled one year ago and the German manufacturer sold all the 333 units of the car. Just like the coupe, the R8 GT Spyder will also be produced on a limited edition of just 333 units, each carrying a tag with its individual number on the gear lever knob.
The Audi ultra lightweight technology is seen on the R8 GT Spyder, as the vehicle has a total weight of just 1,640 kilograms (3,615.58 lbs), with 85 kilograms (187.39 lbs) less than the standard version.
According to Audi, the Audi Space Frame (ASF) body has a total weight of just 214 kilograms (471.79 lb), while the engine frame is made of ultra-light magnesium. Moreover,the long cover over the soft-top compartment and the large side panels at the rear are made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP).
Furthermore, CFRP was also used for the modified front spoiler, the fixed rear spoiler and the new rear bumper, in order to obtain a weight saving of 5.5 kilograms (12.13 lb). Under the hood, we find the 5.2-liter V10 engine delivering 412 kW (560 hp) and 540 Nm (398.28 lb-ft) of torque at 6,500 rpm.
With these numbers, the Audi R8 GT Spyder is capable to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 3.8 second and has a top speed of 317 km/h (196.97 mph). The R8 GT Spyder also comes as standard with an automated six-speed R tronic transmission with two fully automatic modes. The 2011 Audi R8 GT Spyder will have a base price in Germany of 207,800 euros.
That attention to detail as performed on the Audi R8 GT Spyder is obvious not just in the materials used but also in the workmanship done on the interior. While the interior is in black, it comes decorated with stitching in either crimson or titanium gray to give it that additional elegance. Fitted as standard is the Alcantara upholstery which can be seen on the windshield frame and the sport steering wheel. The brand will be offering Fine Nappa quality as well. The interior also has various details that give it that stylish highlight like the R8 GT logos and the white dials. The driver’s cockpit is in fact enclosed with the large arch that is made from matt CFRP and carries the R8 monoposto.
One striking feature of the interior though is how the design has been logically structured. Though an open two-seater, the interior actually offers an ample amount of space. The front end for example can store cargo with maximum volume at 100 liters, or 3.53 cubic feet. Its rear bulkhead on the other hand contains three storage compartments. When it comes to standard equipment fitted inside, Audi made sure that owners would never need to compromise.
Thus there is the use of LED for both the headlights and the taillights. There is an air conditioning system and an alarm system. A navigation system is included as well and there is even a driver information system that has a laptimer built-in to it. For those who want to listen to music while on a drive, entertainment is enhanced with the Bang & Olufsen sound system. It even has a Bluetooth interface and with a seatbelt microphone, ensures that phone calls can be made easily. Other options are being offered which will be exclusive to the R8 GT, including the matt CFRP applications, bucket seats that have carbon-fiber composite chassis, and the seat upholstery with the logos adorned on them.