Monday, June 6, 2011

Audi R8 GT Spyder

The R8 GT Spyder gets lightened to the tune of 85kg, via carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) side and rear panels, CFRP front/rear spoilers and rear bumper, lightened transmission, wheels and brakes, and special bucket seats that save 31.5kg alone.

The engine has also been fed through Audi's Bertha-style enhancer, weighing in at 552bhp (up from 520bhp) and will do the 0-62mph dash in 3.8 seconds before steaming off into the horizon at a 197mph. Mercedes SLS roadster, are you paying attention?

As before, you get rear-biased four-wheel-drive together with a standard-fit six-speed R tronic ‘box with launch control. This can help embarrass drivers of lesser cars into rethinking their life choices through a rather fizzy standing start, as well as blow-drying your scalp.

And so the question falls: with just 333 models being produced, would you opt for the hardened R8 Spyder or the SLS roadster? Decisions, decisions...

source: top gear

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