Earlier this year, Audi’s parent company, Volkswagen AG, announced that its goal is to supplant Toyota as the world’s largest automaker by 2018. With a limited production run of only 333 units, the 2011 Audi R8 GT may not go a long way toward achieving that goal, but it will definitely make the journey a lot more fun.
The new GT features the Quattro all-wheel drive and R tronic single-clutch manual transmission. The GT is seen as Audi’s answer to Lamborghini’s limited release of its Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera and has outdone its Italian competitor in the area of weight reduction. Audi shaved an impressive 220 lbs. from the GT compared with the Superleggera’s 154 lb. reduction in weight.
The GT’s 5.2-liter V-10 delivers 560 bhp (35 more than the stock engine) and comes within 10 bhp of matching the Lamborghini.
Despite its reduced weight, the Audi GT is still full-featured and offers the same options you would expect from an R8. Instead of skimping on amenities, Audi achieved its impressive weight reduction through its use of lighter materials. Its use of lightweight bucket seats shaved 69 lbs. off the total weight of the car. Lighter weight insulation, air intake, brake hats and carpet accounted for an additional 58 lbs. in weight reduction. The GT is also fitted with a thinner, lighter windshield, and Audi used carbon fiber to a higher degree in order to trim down the vehicle. The GT’s signature sideblades and side mirrors are also smaller and lighter than those of the stock R8.
The stock R8’s moveable flap has been replaced by a fixed carbon wing and the GT’s adjustable coil-over suspension reduces its ride height by 10 mm. The modifications to the GT’s aerodynamics result in a 0.36 drag coefficient, increase its downforce, and make it completely track-ready.
A GT race package is available, featuring a four-point safety harness, fire extinguisher, battery kill switch and roll bar. Other racing options include a full cage and sticky racing tires for the GT’s 19-ince forged wheels. Standard front tires are 235/35-19 and 295/30-19 on the rear. Optional 305 rear tires are available, as are red aluminum calipers.
Pricing for the R8 GT starts at just upwards of $250,000.
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