Audi R8 GT is Lighter and More Powerful!

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What does Lamborghini's Gallardo Superleggera and Porsche's GT3 have in common with Audi's new R8 GT?  They're lighter, more powerful versions of luxuriously equipped sports coupes. 

Audi just announced its R8 GT on Friday, and the news will be rather shocking to some.  Initially when launched, the R8 appeared to be a four-ring brand-engineered Lamborghini for the Italian supercar maker's parent company, Audi, but when the new flagship sports coupe from Ingolstadt arrived on the scene we all realized that the R8 was much more unique than this. 

Not only does the R8 fill a different niche than any Lamborghini, fighting it out with Porsche's naturally aspirated 911 and even Chevrolet's Corvette in 4.2-litre V8 trim, but the German exotic has more to do with showing off the pride of Ingolstadt than the glories of Sant'Agata Bolognese.  With the advent of the 5.2-litre V10 it became apparent that Audi wasn't willing to merely stand in Lamborghini's shadow, but more so that it wanted to at least stay on the lead lap with the storied Italian.  Now, however, all the inter-corporate rules have been thrown out the slot-like windows. 

The R8 GT is 100 kilos (220 lbs) lighter thanks to a thinner glass windshield and polycarbonate rear windows, plus a number of already lightweight aluminum body panels have been replaced with even lighter weight and stronger carbon fibre. But that's not the shocker.

The R8 GT's 5.2-liter V10 has been upgraded from 525 horsepower to 560, making it more powerful than the aforementioned Lamborghini Gallardo. Do-it-yourselfers won't have the option of the gated six-speed manual as the only available transmission is Audi's R-Tronic hydraulically actuated semi-automatic, but with acclaimed acceleration to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds and on to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 10.6 seconds. The R8 GT increases top speed to 320 km/h (198.8 mph).

There's no word on whether the R8 GT will make it to Canada or the US, but likely a few examples of the limited 333 will trickle through. What will it cost? In Germany an R8 GT will set you back €193,000, which equals about $258,000 CAD, putting it in the same range as its Lamborghini cousin.

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Topics: Sports Coupe, Audi, 2011, R8 GT, $99,999+,

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