• Mar 16, 2011
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Audi has announced that the 90 examples of the 2011 R8 GT slated to come to this country will carry price tags starting at $196,800. The R8 GT packs a version of the 5.2-liter FSI V10, but cranked up to 560 horsepower, mated to Audi's R-Tronic sequential transmission. Backing up the transmission is a four-wheel-drive system with a locking rear differential.

The R8 GT is built using more aluminum and carbon fiber than the standard car, which translates to a 180-pound weight loss. The rear hatch, spoiler and front splitter on the GT are all carbon-fiber pieces.

The weight savings, power increase, and sequential gearbox team up to scoot the R8 GT to 60 miles per hour in 3.6 seconds, and a up to a 199-mph top speed.



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Audi R8 GT U.S. pricing starts at $196,800 as sales of limited-production sports car begin
• Only 333 Audi R8 GT models will be built worldwide; 90 for U.S sales
• Extensive use of carbon fiber parts makes the Audi R8 GT about 180 pounds lighter than the Audi R8 5.2 quattro coupe
• Modified 5.2-liter engine achieves 560 hp, 0-62 mph time of 3.6 seconds, top speed of 199 mph


Audi of America established prices for the limited-production 2012 Audi R8 GT starting at $196,800 at the launch of sales in the U.S. market. The Audi R8 GT is the lightest, fastest and most powerful entry in the Audi supercar lineup, which has won global acclaim. Only 333 Audi R8 GT models will be produced worldwide, with 90 slated for U.S. buyers.


2012 R8 GT pricing (excluding $1,250 destination charge, taxes, title, options and dealer charges):

R8 GT Coupe (R tronic) $196,800

The 2012 R8 GT receives significant exterior modifications aimed at enhancing its already stellar handling, and it is powered by a modified 5.2-liter V10 FSI engine that produces 560 horsepower (35 hp more than the R8 Coupe 5.2 quattro and the R8 Spyder 5.2 quattro). The 2012 R8 GT employs the R tronic sequential manual transmission. This pairing produces a top track speed of 199 mph, and a 0-62 mph time of 3.6 seconds. Overall, the Audi R8 GT will provide drivers with high lateral acceleration and a low center of gravity.

The signature Audi ASF® lightweight construction of the Audi R8 GT, combined with extensive use of lightweight carbon fiber body parts reduces the weight by approximately 180 pounds when compared to the Audi R8 Coupe 5.2 quattro. Key carbon fiber components are the rear hatch, spoiler and diffuser.

The Audi R8 GT continues the heritage of mid-engine configuration with quattro® all-wheel drive that has distinguished all R8 variants. The axle load distribution of the R8 GT will be 43/57 front/rear. Integrated into the front differential is axle-load-optimized torque split with self-locking differential in the rear axle.

The newest member of the Audi sports car family was inspired by the Audi R8 LMS GT3 race car. To convey its limited-edition nature, the Audi R8 GT will come with a variety of exclusive interior and exterior touches. Each car will have a numbered gearshift knob. The instrument cluster will be white with the R8 GT logo and the interior will feature carbon matte inlays. The seats, headliner, steering wheel and handbrake lever will be black Alcantara® with contrast stitching. Door sills will include aluminum inserts with the R8 GT logo.

On the exterior, the grille, distinctive sideblade and other trim parts will come in exclusive matte finishes. The Audi R8 GT will also be available in an exclusive new color: Samoa Orange.

Optional carbon-fiber reinforced ceramic brakes are available to provide superb fading resistance even in racetrack conditions. Brake calipers with a red anodized finish come with the ceramic brakes. A 12-speaker, 495-watt Bang & Olufsen® sound system is also available. The Audi R8 GT offers other trim and wheel options to personalize the full array of standard features.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Do want.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow!
      Jamie
      • 3 Years Ago
      add this to the list of things you shouldn't buy when you can afford a gallardo...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jamie
        I'd pick an R8 or a Ferrari of any kind over a Lamborghini, any day.

        Not that I have a quarter of a million dollars.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jamie
        I don't know ... if I have $200k to spend, Audi isn't the first name that comes to mind.

        I'm sure this R8 GT is amazing ... it's more of a marketing issue. For a comfortable and sporty ride to work every morning, Audi or BMW are the top of my list. But for well into the six figures, other names pop up at lot more often.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jamie
        Except you know if you get a Gallardo, one day you'll pull up next to a murcielago (or worse yet, an aventador) and the guy next to you will just smile. Cars in this price range are as much (and probably much more) for show as they are for speed, so I think this has a clear advantage over the baby lambo in that regard.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who cares what other people would do. I said *I* would pass.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have seen the R8 next to the 458 and the Gallardo several times and it looks way better than either of them.
      In red convertible form, there are few cars more beautiful.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Your link doesn't work. It's too bad, really -- I was looking forward to surfing on over to see what you're spamming about.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I applaud Audi for delivering a sexy fast supercar that halos their once troubled brand... they've come along way... as Audi climbs, I fear BMW is declining... I am a diehard BMW guy, but you have to give credit where credit is due... shame Audi can't put more chain driven motors in their products that cost less than $100k...

      impressive VWAG...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why can they not get their car's 0 - 60 times down? It has AWD and over 500 hp. You'd expect Porsche Turbo/ GT-R numbers, i.e. 2.9 - 3.1.

      What gives? Anyone have an answer? I'm seriously puzzled.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think the porsche 911 turbo and GTR achieved those sub-3 second times using launch control, i dont think the R8 GT achieved it's time using launch control, but i could be wrong, its just a guess
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just want to know if its a 2011 or 2012? Number Identity Confusion autoblog?
        Charlie
        • 2 Years Ago
        I apologize. It does say both. Well that pic is definitely a 2011
        Charlie
        • 2 Years Ago
        since it says 2011 audi r8 gt i'd say it a 2011 :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      GT-R performance at over double the price......for an Audi. Pass.
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