U.S. 2012 Audi R8 GT starting at $196,800 image

Audi of America on Wednesday announced that 2012 Audi R8 GT will start at $196,800.

The Audi R8 GT is the lightest, fastest and most powerful entry in the Audi supercar lineup, which has won global acclaim. Only 333 Audi R8 GT models will be produced worldwide, with 90 slated for U.S. buyers.

The GT wasn’t originally planned to be part of the R8 line-up, but Audi has responded to customer demand for a more focused version of the mid-engined coupé along the lines of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

In addition to the use of that less weighty glass, sound deadening has been removed, the braking system is lighter and so is the battery. This strict diet means the car tips the scales at 100kg less than the standard R8 V10.

The GT is only available with the aforementioned R-Tronic hydraulically actuated semi-automatic, and when pushed to its limit, the R8 GT is claimed to accelerate to 62 miles per hour in just 3.6 seconds and on to 124 mph in 10.6 seconds.

A 12-speaker, 495-watt Bang & Olufsen® sound system is also available. The Audi R8 GT offers other trim and wheel options to personalize the full array of standard features.