Audi R8 GT to start at $196,800
By: Carl Malek
Audi of America has released the official asking price for the 2012 Audi R8 GT supercar. Owners interested in owning one of these rare vehicles will have to act fast; only 333 will be built before production ends, (with only a third of that total expected to hit U.S roads), and owning this lightweight rarity will cost you a grand total of $196,800 dollars excluding any optional equipment.
The most potent model in the R8 supercar lineup, the GT sets itself apart from the normal R8 model by shedding 220 pounds of weight. This weight loss is due to the extensive use of various carbon fiber body parts and Audi’s familiar ASF lightweight construction.
Along with the diet, Audi engineers have also tweaked and fine-tuned the already-potent 5.2 liter V10 engine to produce 560 horsepower (a 35 horsepower increase over the normal R8’s 525 raging ponies). The end result of all of this work is a car that can deliver world-class handling dynamics while offering a 0 to 60 time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 199 mph. These numbers would put the Audi R8 GT in the cross hairs of its distant Italian cousin, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4
The only quirk with this otherwise impressive vehicle is that it will only be offered with the company’s single-clutch R-tronic semi automatic transmission with no manual option available. While this may displease hardcore Audi fans that would like to see a manual-equipped version of the R8 GT (and who may have had issues or complaints about Audi’s finicky R-tronic gearbox), It is nice to see the company is bringing this über-R8 variant to U.S shores. The R8 GT will surely sell out its limited production run shortly to the few buyers that can afford one when they go on sale at an Audi dealer near you this summer.