Audi of America announced today that the 2012 Audi R8 GT will carry a price tag of $196,800, excluding $1,250 destination charge, taxes, title, options and dealer charges. For those who don’t know, the R8 GT is a limited edition based on the popular German sports car and only 333 units will be built. 90 of them will be delivered in the United States.
Each 2012 Audi R8 GT is powered by a modified 5.2-liter V10 FSI engine delivering an impressive 560 horsepower, with 35 hp more than the R8 Coupe 5.2 quattro and the R8 Spyder 5.2 quattro.
With these numbers, the car can hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 199 mph or 320 km/h. Comparing it with the standard R8, the R8 GT is with 180 pounds lighter due to the fact that the German manufacturer used lightweight carbon fiber body parts.
The car was inspired by the Audi R8 LMS GT3 race car and features new grille, distinctive sideblade and other trim parts in matte finishes, while the interior will feature the R8 GT logo and a numbered gearshift knob.
The Audi R8 GT will also be available in two exclusive new colors: Samoa Orange and what the firm says it is a “limited run of (I agree with Mark Ramsey – we should not talk about this color too much as some dealers will not be able to order this)”. What!?!??
The Audi R8 GT’s design is the epitome of concentrated power. Its sculpture is both beautiful and technical. Its length is 4.43 meters (or 14.53 ft), width is at 1.93 meters (or 6.33 ft), and its height is 1.24 meters (or 4.04 ft).
Numerous modifications to the exterior further polished its appearance as well as reduced the vehicle’s weight and enhanced aerodynamics efficiency. The car’s downforce is strengthened when driven fast compared to the production model. This is done without increasing the 0.36 Cd value or its frontal area of 1.99 m2 or 21.42 sq ft.
The air intakes, particularly the grille’s frame, struts, and slats, have a matte titanium gray finish while the grille itself has a matte black finish. Under the bumper, the carbon-based splitter has a double lip. At the corners of the nose are slender and curved flics, which increase the front axle’s downforce.
The Audi R8 GT’s distinctive LED headlights are attractive and noteworthy. Using light-emitting diodes, they produce bright uniform lights that boast of low energy consumption and long life. Each of the daytime running lights is comprised of 24 LEDs that display continuously. The reflectors are like mussel shells when opened.
The sideblades -- a defining feature of the Audi R8 GT when viewed from the side -- directs air to cool the engine. It is crafted from matte carbon, which is the same material used for the side mirrors’ contracted housing, and which has mirrors that are set on an aluminum base. The 19-inch wheels have a titanium-like finish and feature a twin-spoke Y design. "GT" badges are on the front fenders.
Particularly apparent are the modifications made to the car’s rear, strating with the matte carbon fixed wing. Improvements have been made to both rear hatch ventilation louvers as well as the CFRP bumper that integrates the tailpipes and the vents for the wells.
Carbon fiber makes up the larger diffuser while it uses matte titanium gray for the license plate bezel as well as the wide slats at the Audi R8 GT’s rear. LED technology-based taillights have clear glass panes and dark housings.
The Audi R8 GT is available in four body colors. The three metallic color options are Samoa Orange metallic, Ice Silver metallic, and Suzuka Gray metallic. The fourth color option is the Phantom Black pearl effect.