2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder priced at $211,200

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 2, 2012

Audi has released the pricing information for the 2012 R8 GT Spyder. Including destination charges, the all-wheel-drive, Lamborghini-V10-sporting convertible is priced at $211,200. Just 333 samples will be produced. Of this number, only 50 will be brought to the U.S. Audi has assembled the same number of hardtop GTs, with 90 going to the U.S.

It could deliver as much as 560 hp in the open-top R8 GT, with 398 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the 5.2-liter, direct-injection V10 enables the vehicle to accelerate to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 197 mph.

Audi reduced the weight of the R8 V10 by 187 pounds, improving both acceleration and fuel economy. Its engine cradle is built from ultralight magnesium and its soft-top cover and rear side panels use carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer. Its fixed rear spoiler is carbon fiber too. The GT Spyder is 10 millimeters lower than the R8 V10, and a stiffer calibration is used on its suspension.

Braking power comes from XYZ ventilated and cross-drilled rotors while a set of 19-inch wheels is used. The GT Spyder also comes with a bigger rear diffuser, front splitter and a fixed rear spoiler. Its interior is only available in black but accent stitching may be ordered in gray or red. Alcantara trim can be seen on the seat inserts, flat-bottomed steering wheel, parking brake and windshield frame.

The insides of the 2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder were built with workmanship and materials that speak of the meticulous attention to detail that was given the car. The controls have a logical structure and the interior is very spacious, while the front end can easily accommodate around 100 liters of cargo. The bulkhead at the rear has a trio of storage compartments.

Moreover, the inside is black and you can choose to add in stitching in either crimson or titanium gray. Alcantara upholstery is standard to all models, and you can find it on the windshield frame and the sport steering wheel, as well. You can also choose fine Nappa leather. Meanwhile, there are a number of details here that give the car class, such as the R8 GT logo and the white dials. You also have the matt CFRP R8 monoposto, which is a big arch that encircles the cockpit.

There are a lot of premium standard equipment such as LED taillamps and headlamps, the navigation system, the driver information system and the automatic climate control system. Audi also gives its customers a state of the art sound system made by Bang & Olufsen as well as a Bluetooth system that has a seatbelt microphone that makes phone conversations convenient.

Exclusive to the R8 GT are the bucket seats that feature a composite chassis made of carbon fiber, embroidered logos found on the seat upholstery, and the matt CFRP applications.

Press Release

Audi Announces Pricing for the Limited-Edition 2012 Model Year R8 GT Spyder

The recently introduced Audi R8 GT Spyder is a hand-built, limited production vehicle with just 333 units produced world-wide and 50 units coming to the U.S. Similar to the R8 GT Coupe unveiled last year, each car will be uniquely distinguished with an individual vehicle number displayed on the gear shift.

The 2012 Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price for the limited-edition R8 GT Spyder is as follows:

MSRP $210,000 (excludes $1,200 Destination and Delivery and Taxes)

Even lighter, more powerful and captivating, the Audi R8 GT Spyder delivers breathtaking performance. The open-top flagship version of the high-performance sports Coupe features a 5.2-liter V10 with direct injection and has been boosted to an output of 560 horsepower. With the reduced weight and increased engine performance, the R8 GT Spyder accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of
197 mph.

Using the principles of Audi ultra lightweight technology, the R8 GT Spyder has trimmed a full 187.39 lbs from an already low weight, increasing fuel economy, performance, strength and rigidity. The engine frame is constructed of ultra-light magnesium, and the long cover over the soft-top compartment and the large side panels at the rear are made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer. A fixed rear spoiler also made of carbon fiber composite provides the necessary downforce on the rear axle. The Audi R8 GT Spyder is capable of extreme lateral acceleration and engineered to deliver exceptional responsiveness through its sport suspension has a stiffer calibration and lowers the the R8 GT Spyder by ten millimeters versus the R8 V10 Spyder.Legendary quattro all-wheel drive system provides exceptional grip on 19 inch wheels and xyz ventilated and cross-drilled rotors provide exceptional stopping power.

Visual styling cues include a performance enhancing enlarged diffuser, front splitter and a fixed rear spoiler.

The interior is black and can be adorned with stitching in a choice of Titanium Gray or Crimson Red for added refinement. Alcantara applications include, seat inserts, flat-bottom sport steering wheel, hand brake cover and windshield frame.

R8 GT Spyder customer vehicle deliveries will begin as of February.

R8 GT Spyder Standard Features | Highlights:
− 5.2L 10-cylinder, gasoline engine, aluminum block
− quattro® all-wheel-drive
− Exterior mirrors: power adjustable, heated Front Airbags: Driver and passenger full-size dual-stage front airbags and knee airbags
− Side airbags: Driver and passenger seat mounted head and thorax airbags
− Front disc brakes: 8-Piston calipers, perforated, internally vented
− Rear disc brakes: 4-Piston calipers, perforated, internally vented
− LED headlights and daytime running lights
− Sport seats, heated, 10-way power with 4-way power lumbar
− Audi navigation system plus, 6-disc CD changer, Sirius Satellite Radio, Aux-in jack with 7 speakers and 5-channel amplifier with a total output of 140 Watts
− Preparation for mobile phone (Bluetooth®) with seatbelt microphone

R8 GT Specific Standard Features | Highlights:
− 19" R8 GT wheels with summer performance tires
− R tronic ®, 6-speed sequential gearbox with shift-by-wire technology and sports mode
− R8 GT specific sport suspension system
− R8 GT specific carbon fiber matte exterior mirrors
− R8 GT specific LED tail lights
− R8 GT specific aluminum door sill inserts
− R8 GT specific steering wheel
− R8 GT specific sport seats in Alcantara and leather
− R8 GT specific carbon fiber matte interior inlays (monoposto and interior door handles)
− R8 GT specific numbered aluminum gear knob
− Windshield frame in Alcantara

Optional Equipment | Highlights:
− Audi navigation system plus with Audi music interface w/ iPod® cable (replaces 6-disc CD changer)
− Audi Carbon Ceramic Brakes
− Bang & Olufsen Sound System (12 speakers 495 watt)
− Titanium Finish 19" 5-arm-double-spoke-design aluminum alloy wheels with summer performance tires
− Forged Aluminum 19" 5-twin-spoke-Y-design in matte silver look with summer performance tires
− Carbon fiber matte door and center console panels
− Windscreen Frame in Fine Nappa Leather (interior)

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