Audi marks first delivery of R8 GT to customer

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 24, 2011

At the Audi Forum in Neckarsulm, the keys for a Phantom Black high-performance sports car were given to a UK-based customer. A production shop located at the Neckarsulm site had built the limited-edition, range-topping model of the R8 family.

This vehicle was sold throughout the world only a few weeks after it was launched in the market. The 560 hp R8 GT will be delivered to customers in 23 countries, mainly in Europe, the U.S. and Middle Eastern markets.

The R8 GT is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) 3.6 seconds and 10.8 seconds to reach 200 km/h (124.27 mph). This design and performance are made possible due to its systematic lightweight design.

It has an aluminum body that uses an Audi Space Frame (ASF). The hand-built design weighs only 210 kilograms (463 lb). Audi’s engineers made sure to set up extensive fine-tuning and the use of carbon-fiber composites (CFC).

Compared to the Audi R8 5.2 FSI Quattro, this high-performance sports car is lighter by 100 kilograms (220 lb). The outcome is that the vehicle now has a curb weight of only 1,525 kilograms (3,362 lb) and an extremely sporty power-to-weight ratio of 2.72 kilograms per hp.

The output of the 5.2-liter V10 in the R8 GT has been raised to 412 kW (560 hp). The power of the mid-engine sports car is sent to the road via quattro permanent all-wheel drive and the shifts of its R tronic transmission. The maximum speed of the Audi R8 GT is 320 km/h (198.84 mph).

The interior and exterior will get some tweaks to the product, including the bumpers in CFC and the set of bucket seats that have a chassis of glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP). The Audi R8 GT has a starting price of €193,000 in Germany. It has an average fuel consumption of 13.9 liters for every 100 kilometers (16.92 US mpg).

Exterior Design

With dimensions of 4.43 meters (14.53 ft.) in length, 1.93 meters (6.33 ft.) in width, and 1.24 meters (4.04 ft.) in height, the Audi R8 GT is a representation of focused power, as conveyed by its sculptured body and exterior design. Audi also extensively modified the exterior of the Audi R8 GT to further make it look more athletic and imposing down the road. These modifications included those elements that helped the Audi R8 GT become lighter and have better aerodynamics.

In fact, the Audi R8 GT – sans any increase in the Cd value (0.36) or frontal area (1.99 sqm or 21.42 sq ft) – produces more downforce than the production model when driven at high speeds. The matt black single-frame grille features a frame in matt titanium gray, the same color painted on its struts and the slats in the air intakes. Moreover, the vehicle’s double lip splitter under the bumper and the curved flics at the corners of the nose are all made from carbon fiber composite.

The new the Audi R8 GT features standard LED headlights that let out a bright, homogeneous light. Aside from low energy consumption, these LED headlights also have a long service life and feature an attractive and unique appearance. In addition, each daytime running light features 24 LEDs appearing as a continuous band while the vehicle’s reflectors seem like open mussel shells.

On the other hand, the sides of the Audi R8 GT are marked by matte carbon sideblades that guide air to the engine as well as by side mirrors wrapped by smaller matte carbon housing and mounted on an aluminum base. The Audi R8 GT rides on 19-inch wheels with five twin-spoke Y design in a titanium-look finish. "GT" badges could be found on the vehicle’s front fenders. Meanwhile, the rear end of the Audi R8 GT features a matte carbon fixed wing as well as redesigned ventilation louvers on both sides of the rear hatch.

Additionally, the rear end is marked by a redesigned CFRP bumper with integrated large, round tailpipes and vents for the wheel wells. Other rear end features include a larger carbon fiber composite diffuser as well as a license plate bezel and wide rear slats finished in matte titanium gray. Just like the headlamps, the tail lights employ LED technology and come with dark housings with panes of clear glass.

Press Release

The first of 333 Audi R8 GT vehicles has hit the road

A customer from the UK received the keys for his Phantom Black high-performance sports car today at the Audi Forum in Neckarsulm. The limited-edition, top-of-the-line model of the R8 family is built in a production shop at the Neckarsulm site and was sold out worldwide just a few weeks after market launch. The 560 hp R8 GT will be delivered to customers in 23 countries, primarily in Europe, the United States and Middle Eastern markets.

The R8 GT takes 3.6 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) and 10.8 seconds to reach 200 km/h (124.27 mph). This breathtaking performance is due in no small part to its systematic lightweight design. Its hand-built aluminum body featuring an Audi Space Frame (ASF) tips the scales at just 210 kilograms (463 lb). With extensive fine-tuning and the use of carbon-fiber composites (CFC), the Audi engineers were able to reduce the weight of the high-performance sports car by 100 kilograms (220 lb) versus the Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro.

The result is a curb weight of just 1,525 kilograms (3,362 lb) and an extremely sporty power-to-weight ratio of 2.72 kilograms per hp. The 5.2-liter V10 in the R8 GT now has an increased output of 412 kW (560 hp). The mid-engine sports car never loses its composure as it delivers its power to the road via quattro permanent all-wheel drive and the lightning-fast shifts of its R tronic transmission. The Audi R8 GT has a top speed of 320 km/h (198.84 mph).

The limited edition further underscores its exclusive status with visual modifications to the interior and exterior, including newly designed bumpers in CFC and bucket seats with a chassis of glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP). In Germany, the base price of the Audi R8 GT was €193,000. Average fuel consumption is 13.9 liters per 100 kilometers (16.92 US mpg).

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