• Oct 10, 2010
Paris 2010: Audi R8 GT – Click above for high-res image gallery

Only 333 will be produced, so if you want a 2011 Audi R8 GT you'd better act fast. In fact, only a third of that number are slated to hit US soil. Audi has announced pricing for the R8 GT, and the limited-production sports coupe will cost you $198,000.

The most super of the R8 supercar family, the R8 GT drops weight and adds power. Audi has managed to shed 220 pounds from the standard R8 while pushing the output of the 5.2-liter V10 engine up from 525 to 560 horsepower. The car will only be offered with the single-clutch R-Tronic semi-automatic transmission. It's a shame we won't see an R8 GT fitted with the six-speed manual gearbox, but it's nice to see hi-po versions of popular cars arriving on our shores.

The Audi R8 GT is slated to hit dealer showrooms next summer.



Live photos copyright ©2010 Drew Phillips / AOL

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish I was rich.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And if I was rich I would stay rich and prefer a Ford GT to this luxobarge.

      • 4 Years Ago
      The fact that this car comes only with an automatic transmission is evidence that Audi doesn't expect anyone to actually drive it.

      The only thing this car is good for is telling women how much it cost.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a shame R-Tronic is only good on the track. Most buyers of this car will think it's broken when they bring it out on weekends or goto cruise nights.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Can anyone explain to me why the R-tronic instead of the S-tronic/DSG transmission? I am a manual guy, but driving the DSGs in various Audis was revelatory and quite satisfying. Based on everything I've read, S-tronic in R8 has been a disappointment.
        • 4 Years Ago
        g00fball,

        The R-tronic is a single-clutch automated manual gearbox that Lamborghini has been using for some time now. It is already set up for longitudinal mid-engined AWD. It is an earlier generation of automated gearbox technology than current dual-clutch technology.

        Geometrically, it sends power laterally to the two rear tires, and a driveshaft output to the front axle, around the engine, since the engine is in front of the transaxle.

        They used it in the R8 because the layout is the same. The 6MT manual gearbox is probably not that drastically different, just with truly 'manual' control by the driver over the clutch actuation and gear selection, instead of a computer.

        The DSG gearbox has not been adapted (YET) to that geometric configuration.

        So far the closest DSG development would be the Porsche PDK, which does not have to send the front driveshaft around the engine in the 911 format, with the rear-mounted engine. The PDK in the Panamera does send the driveshaft forward along side the engine, and drives the front wheels through a tube in the engine's oil-sump, and the front differential alongside the engine, if I have read correctly.

        The Audi RS5 has a DSG unit that has 3 drive outputs, but is essentially like all the other Audi front-engine sedans and coupes, and like Subarus, where the output comes off the back of the gearbox, to the rear axle. The Porsche 911 with AWD is a similar layout reversed, with the engine at the back. But the Audi RS5 biases the torque to the rear output, not to the lateral outputs, which drive the front wheels in that application.

        None of the current DSG dual-clutch gearboxes are specifically set up to drive the rear wheels laterally, and the front wheels with a forward-facing output shaft, around the engine, to a separate front axle.

        Not that it would be insurmountable to do so, it just hasn't happened yet. It would not surprise me if the upcoming next generation of the Lamborghini Gallardo would get a new DSG in place of it's single-clutch e-gear (lambo name for R-tronic) transaxle. That would also be in place, then for the 2nd generation R8, as well, or possibly even just a tech upgrade in a future model year.

        Personally, I think the RS5's 450hp (30 more than R8 4.2) V8, and a mid-engine-configured DSG transaxle, with limited slip and torque vectoring on the rear axle, and active torque-biasing between the rear and front axle with a variable ratio, rather than just a viscous coupling for the front axle engagement, would be FANTASTIC in an R8. A real 3-differential AWD system with active management, rather than sort of a PTO for front axle assist.

        I call FWD-based systems with viscous coupling rear engagement to be rear-wheel assist. Current R8, Porsche Carrera 4, and other systems are similar, but with the engine, and primary drive more advantageously placed in the back half of the car, creating a "front-wheel assist" system. That is less of a detriment, due to the inherent nature of a rear-wheel-drive car, and a mid-engined RWD platform at that, not having to mask the inherent compromise in FWD platform layouts.

        Getting the front wheels to assist a mid-engined RWD car just adds motive traction, and only adds a little bit of weight and complexity (on an already substantially complex and not feather-weight vehicle). It doesn't have to overcome the anti-intuitive balance of a front-heavy, front-driving, front-steering, usually transverse and tightly packed drivetrain at odds with vehicle weight-transfer dynamics. The mid-engined RWD car already has inherently good dynamics, with the AWD addition usually adds more benefit of available traction for the usually very high power output, than technical cost in weight and complexity.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @BoxerFanatic
        thanks a bunch for the thorough explanation....very enlightening!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do women really care if you are driving a R8 base v8,v10, or GT ??????

      I think not.

      It seems that the R8 falls short as far as performace #'s compared to its supercar colleagues but wins as the most aesthetically appealing.

      Buy this car if you want the LOOKS, buy something else if you want performance.

        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah, as if the performance difference is so night and day different. /sarcasm

        All of the sports cars at that level are beyond the limits of 99.99 of drivers anyway.

        Buy the others if you want bench-racing stat bragging.

        Buy the one you like to look at, if you mean to enjoy the car yourself. They all probably drive well, and well beyond your limits.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lol, that is exactly my point.
        A guy here in town just got a beautiful white R8 and he was smart and went with the V8 and 99% of the people don't know the difference.
        Heck, 99% don't even know there is a V10 option.

        I bought an AMG and the only people that have ever asked me about the engine and any specifics about the car are other guys and I am not looking to attract any so it is pretty much useless.

        This Audi's pricing is getting dangerously close to the Gallardo's price and I know which one I would pick at that point.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn, I only had $197,000 saved up. Guess I'll go with the used corolla instead. Your greedy ways just cost you a sale Audi.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is this the only way to keep costumers interested in their high performance cars is by "less weight and more power" sales strategy? Ah, what the heck...another car in my virtual garage!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I didn't think that any of these were even making it to the showrooms. According to another article I read, only 25 were headed to the US and they were already spoken for (I believe it was Car and Driver or another magazine)...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @CoopDvillE,

        Ok, so it is 90 coming to the US and 25 to Canada. And, as stated, Car and Driver stated in their magazine (which the article can be found online at http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/car/10q3/2011_audi_r8_gt-first_drive_review) "The car will be sold in North America, to 90 Americans and 25 Canadians. But don’t waste time calling your Audi dealer—the limited series has already been spoken for."

        So, I guess I wasn't so incorrect, now was I, CoopDudvillE? Saving up for that Mustang GT still?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dude, you couldn't be more incorrect.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not enough grills in the front end.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is ugly IMO.


      Base R8 and V10 version looks better. That wing and grey wheels gotta go.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Only 332 left now..... see topgear website!
        • 4 Years Ago
        some people need to learn that AWD does't help you stop any better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How much of a sin would it be to buy this car with an automatic? There's something appealing sounding about having all that power at your disposal and being lazy at the same time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        For the record I mean the R8 in general, I'm aware this model is only available with the automatic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good comment. I've driven M6 with SMG and for the most part just let the SMG do its thing. IF I want tø play F1 I can flip paddles, but on the street, manumatics are generally best (fair disclosure, I drive an M3 S54 w/six speed daily, but it's not in the same league as +500hp cars).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Every time I see an Audi I remember my neighbors saving to buy a new one for $$$$
      When they got it, it was a disaster...lived in the shop!!
      They kept it for a year and a half then got rid of it and the headaches !
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