Audi unveiled the limited-production, top-of-the-line Audi R8 – The Audi R8 GT. image

Audi unveiled the limited-production, top-of-the-line Audi R8 – The Audi R8 GT.

So what’s new with this one. First of all, the new R8 GT will be produced intro a limited edition of just 333 units, each unit costing $255.000. Secondly, the new R8 is 100kg lighter that normal R8 and the output of its 5.2-liter V10 has been increased to 412 kW (560 hp) – an additional of 35bhp. Torque peaks at 540Nm at 6,400rpm, 10Nm more, while the redline stands at a distant 8,700rpm.

With such tech details, the R8 GT accelerates from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.6 seconds - 0.3 seconds faster than the R8 V10 and 0.4 seconds faster than the 911 GT3 RS – and reaches a top speed of 320 km/h (198.84 mph).

The power is sent to the four wheels via a modified R-tronic robotized manual gearbox and a viscous coupling that provides a 15 percent front/85 percent rear torque split. When needed, more power is sent to the front, up to a maximum 30/70 split.

The exterior changes are worthy of a performance version of a sports model. One highlight of the R8 GT are the standard LED headlights, which use light-emitting diodes for all functions. They produce bright, homogeneous light, have a long service life and low energy consumption.

The defining element of the side view are the sideblades, which direct air to the engine and in the R8 GT are also made of matte carbon. The same material is used for the reduced-size housing of the side mirrors, which are mounted on an aluminum base. The 19-inch wheels feature an exclusive five twin-spoke Y design in a titanium-look finish. The front fenders sport “GT” badges.

Audi offers the R8 GT in a choice of four body colors: Samoa Orange metallic, Suzuka Gray metallic, Ice Silver metallic and Phantom Black pearl effect.