A jury from the Auto Bild SportsCars trade journal has named the Audi R8 GT as the “Sports Car of the Year 2011” in the “Production Supercars” category. Stephan Reil, Head of Development at quattro GmbH, accepted the award at the Essen Motor Show. This is the tenth year that the journal has given out awards in this industry. Each year, readers vote for “Sports Car of the Year.” For the 2011 awards, 70,976 readers of the magazine voted.
The Audi high-performance sports car was developed and built by the Audi subsidiary, quattro GmbH. It is powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine that delivers 412 kW (560 hp), which makes it a driving machine with outstanding longitudinal dynamics and lateral acceleration as well as offering almost instantaneous reactions.
Audi R8 GT weighs 100 kg (220.46 lb) less compared with the R8 5.2 FSI quattro. This car could sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.6 seconds. It could reach a top speed of 320 km/h (198.84 mph). In addition, its ECE fuel consumption averages at only 13.9 liters for every 100 km (16.92 US mpg).
The new Audi R8 GT is provided with a design that expresses focused power. 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 new Audi R8 GT features a well-sculpted exterior laden with an array of modifications that did not only make the car more elegant, but also lighter and more aerodynamic.
When driven at high speeds, the Audi R8 GT produces more downforce than the production model, although both deliver the same Cd value of 0.36 and the same frontal area of 1.99 sqm (21.42 sq ft). Its face is marked by a single-frame grille finished in matt black as well as a grille frame and intake slats and struts finished in matt titanium gray. In addition, the new Audi R8 GT features a carbon splitter with a double lip as well as slender, curved carbon flics at the nose corners that could increase the downforce on the front axle.
As standard, the new Audi R8 GT is specified with LED headlights that employs these high-tech units for all functions. These LED headlights – designed to produce bright, homogeneous light, consume less energy and last longer – features a unique yet stunning appearance. The car’s daytime running lights make use of 24 LED units that appear as a continuous band. Meanwhile, the sides of the new Audi R8 GT are marked by matte carbon sideblades that direct air to the engine.
R8 GT’s side mirrors are contained in matte smaller carbon housing mounted on an aluminum base. The sides of the new Audi R8 GT are accentuated by five twin-spoke Y-design 19-inch wheels with a titanium-look finish. "GT" badges are found on the front fenders.
At the rear, the new Audi R8 GT features a matte carbon fixed wing, redesigned vents for the wheel wells, as well as redesigned ventilation louvers on both sides of the rear hatch and the CFRP bumper. This bumper, meanwhile, features integrated large, round tailpipes. Modifications on the new Audi R8 GT also include large carbon diffuser and matte titanium gray license plate bezel and rear wide slats. Its LED tail lights, meanwhile, are accommodated in dark housings with panes of clear glass.