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Audi has created the very special, limited-edition R8 GT for the 2012 model
year. The 2012 R8 GT builds on the award-winning R8 Coupe and Spyder and
represents the pinnacle of performance in the Audi model line. This is the first
limited production sports car produced by Audi, and only 333 units will be built
worldwide with 90 units destined for the U.S. Each R8 GT has its production
number displayed on the gear shift. The 2012 Audi R8 GT starting price is
$196,800 (not including $1,250 destination and handling charges).
exceptional performance characteristics of the 2012 Audi R8 GT are the result of
a combination of advanced, lightweight materials and increased power. Audi has
taken its 5.2 liter V10 and boosted output to 560 hp, generating 398 lb-ft of
torque and propelling the vehicle from 0-60 in an exhilarating 3.5 seconds, with
a top speed of 199 mph, and red lining at 8700 rpm. The combination of quattro
permanent all-wheel drive and the performance tuned suspension ensure that the
power of the R8 GT is translated to the road, while the R tronic sequential
gearbox with paddle shifters provides responsive gear changes.
performance is greatly enhanced through the use of carbon fiber and aerodynamic
improvements. The carbon fiber front bumper features aerodynamic flics at the
front corners, increasing down force on the front axle, while the stationary
carbon fiber rear wing and diffuser increase down force on the rear axle and
shave 11.5 lbs off the production version R8 V10. Carbon fiber elements are used
strategically throughout the body to reduce weight further.
optimization was performed on virtually every component and body part, including
the battery, air intakes and braking system. The rear hatch has been optimized
to save 17.6 lbs of vehicle weight. In total, the R8 GT is approximately 180 lbs
lighter than the formidable R8 V10.
The matte carbon fiber monoposto
cockpit, with perfectly placed controls, defines the driver-oriented interior.
Alcantara surfaces and appointments are standard on the seats, steering wheel,
hand brake, knee pad and headliner, all adorned with a choice of three
contrasting stitching colors. Creating a seamless look from outside to inside,
exterior color accents have been carried over to the interior.
technology makes use of aluminum throughout the body and helps maintain the low,
overall weight of the R8 GT. ASF also helps increase vehicle rigidity for
improved handling and performance.
While designed for performance, the R8
GT interior also exudes refinement offering available Audi MMI Navigation,
automatic air conditioning, and a 12-speaker, 495-watt Bang & Olufsen sound
Of course, extraordinary performance requires a measure of
safety, always a priority with Audi. The R8 GT features Electronic Stability
Control (ESC), energy absorbing reinforcements in the front and rear and a full
complement of air bags. A tire pressure monitoring system helps ensure that
owners are warned if pressure falls below a preset threshold.