Thieves stole limited Audi R8 GT Spyder from German dealership

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 17, 2014

Last weekend, thieves stole three sports cars from a well-known dealer located in Germany and one of them was a limited Audi R8 GT Spyder. The vehicle, wearing a matte blue colour, was last seen at 4:30 AM on the A61 heading to Koln. Still, we don’t believe that the vehicle will get too far as only 333 units were ever built, which makes it even more exclusive than the LaFerrari.

The R8 GT coupe became the new flagship model for the R8 series. Though it was planned to be a limited series, a total of 333 units were sold.

Audi released the R8 GT Spyder which was not only better in performance but also in other aspects like being more powerful or lighter compared to previous models.

To emphasize its being part of a limited series, each unit had its own individualized and numerically numbered tag which is placed on the gear lever knob. The ultra-lightweight technology utilized in the R8 GT Spyder results in a weight of 1,650 kilograms or about 3,615.58 lb.

Compared to the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI Quattro, on which the R8 GT Spyder was based on, it weighs 85 kilograms less, which is around 187.39 lb. One of the reasons why it weighs less is because of the Audi Space Frame which is only 214 kilograms or 471.79 lb., even with parts like aluminum panels, cast nodes, and extruded sections.

As expected from Audi, the body is made by hand at its R8 workshop which is located in the Neckarsulm facility. Final assembly of the R8 GT Spyder is done by hand as well.

The engine also weighs less at 85 kilograms, about 187.39 lb., and has a power output of 412 kW or 560 hp. Audi's R8 GT Spyder has a top speed of 196.7 mph or 317 km/h and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h or 0 to 62.14 mph in just 3.8 seconds.

The workmanship and materials found on the interior of the car shows just how much the Audi pay extra attention to detail. One of the striking aspects of the car’s control is the rather logically formed design.

Though the R8 GT Spyder also already provides a spacious interior, the front portion can in fact house cargo of up to 100 liters or about 3.53 cubic feet. Further, the rear bulkhead can house three storage compartments. The interior is black with the option of being adorned by either crimson or titanium stitching.

Alcantara upholstery is standard in the R8 GT Spyder and is also found on the steering wheel and even the frame of the windshield. For buyers who want more classy accents, the leather is available in Fine Nappa.

The unique large arch that encircles the cockpit, also known as "monoposto," is made from matt CFRP. Other features that make it classy are the R8 GT logos and white dials. Other standard equipment of the Audi makes it clear that it does not want to compromise what the owners want.

These include the automatic air conditioning system, alarm system, and driver information system that has a built-in laptimer. There are also LED headlights and tail lights, and a navigation system.

A Bang & Olufsen sound system is part of the package as well with a Bluetooth interface and even a microphone on the seatbelt in order to allow a phone conversation even while driving. There are also the bucket seats and chassis made of carbon fiber. Matt CFRP applications are included on top of the seat upholstery with embroidered logos.

Topics: audi, audi r8 gt, spyder

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