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Audi R8 news - Ultimate R8 on the loose - 2010
Big news. Big, big news. Audi has revealed the R8 GT, the most extreme version of its four-wheel-drive supercar yet.
Lighter, harder and faster than the, er, ‘standard’ R8 V10, the GT will be out to pick a big, bloody fight with the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera when it arrives in the UK early next year.
The extra 42bhp comes from a handful of tweaks to the R8’s 5.2-litre V10 - which gets red cylinder heads too, though we’re not sure they make much difference to its power output - but it’s the weight saving that’s the big news here.
The R8 GT is fitted with thinner glass and a polycarbonate rear screen (saving 3kg), a lighter battery (9kg), lighter carpets (8kg) and sports bucket seats (a whopping 32kg saving). There’s a liberal dousing of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer - the R8’s rear bumper, rear hatch and sideblades are made of the lightweight material - saving 15kg overall. Top speed rises to 199mph, an improvement of 2mph.
To deal with the extra speed, there’s a new fixed rear wing, which improves downforce without compromising the R8’s 0.36 drag coefficient.
The R8’s Quattro four-wheel-drive system has been revised for increased lairiness. The viscous coupling now chucks 85 per cent of the torque to the rear wheels as standard, and there’s a new mechanical locking diff, too. The coilover springs can be manually adjusted, lowering the R8’s body by 10mm. Carbon ceramic brakes are standard. In other words, this is a serious, serious machine.
There is bad news, however, and that bad news is… 33. That’s how many R8 GTs will reach the UK, from a total production run of 333. Price? No official word yet, but we know it’ll cost 193,000 Euro - that’s around £167,000 - in Germany.
Excited? You should be. Let’s throw it out there: would you take the R8 GT, Gallardo Superleggera or 911 GT3 RS. All three, you say?