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The white beauty

Edward Green |
A limited-production version Audi R8 GT is just launched and you must be quick: the new Audi beast will be mad in a limited run of just 333. The shortest story could read: 5.2 V10, 560 hp, 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds. The price? 270,000 dollars.

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Audi is launching a limited-production version of its R8 high-performance sports car the R8 GT. The output of its 5.2-liter V10 has been increased to 560 hp and vehicle weight has been reduced by roughly 100 kilograms. The R8 GT accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 320 km/h. The efficient direct-injection engine consumes only 13.9 litres of fuel per 100 km on average.

The engineers have reduced the weight of the Audi R8 GT drastically once again compared to the R8 5.2 FSI quattro. With quattro permanent all-wheel drive (and without a driver), the Audi high-performance sports car tips the scales at just 1,525 kilograms, for a power-to-weight ratio of only 2.72 kilograms per hp. In addition to the aluminium Audi Space Frame body, a number of new components made of carbon fibre composite play a decisive role in the car's low weight.

The R8 GT is a machine with nearly instantaneous reactions, 19-inch wheels and carbon fiber ceramic brakes. The new Audi gives a whole new meaning to the term "high-performance sports car."

The design of the Audi R8 GT is an expression of highly concentrated power and a technical sculpture. Audi always concentrates on the pure essence and remains free of unnecessary decorations. The dimensions allude to the contours of the vehicle’s dynamics: 4.43 meters long, wheelbase of 2.65 meters , and 1.93 meters wide, but only 1.24 meters tall. Audi designers have made numerous modifications to the exterior, many of which serve to lower the weight and further improve the aerodynamics.

As always with Audi, the interior shows great attention to detail. Rich materials treat the occupants to a fine look and feel, black and dark gray colours dominate, and almost everything is covered with Alcantara.

The redesigned selector lever, which bears the serial number of the individual R8 GT, is made of glass fibre-reinforced plastic and aluminium. A novel synthetic material that feels slightly rough to the touch and looks like sharkskin is used on the bulkhead to the engine compartment, in the door liners, on the instrument cowl and on the dashboard. The instrument cluster contains white dials with R8 GT badges; the centre tunnel and the door liners sport body-color inlays. The door sills feature trims of matt aluminium, likewise decorated with the R8 GT logo.

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