The Audi R8 came into the world and made a statement, and a bold statement at that. It was the first major attempt by any of the “common” car manufacturers at creating a supercar to a certain extent. It is fast, superb through the corners and looks mean.
The only thing is that that was three years ago and now it is time for something new and even more exciting than the standard run of the mill Audi R8. That is why Audi have released the new R8 GT.
It’s lighter, faster and even more powerful than the Audi R8 V10, making it the top of the range R8 in every department. The 5.5-litre V10 produces 412 kW of power and the overall weight has been dropped by about 100 kilograms. This combination allows the R8 GT to accelerate from zero to 100 km/ hour in 3.6 seconds and to reach a top speed of 320 km/ hour.
The exterior has also had a major upgrade which has increased down force and is one of the factors that affected the loss of weight. The side blades that are so prominent on the current R8 are now made of matte carbon, which is the same material used for the smaller side mirrors.
Another matte carbon addition, and most likely the most noticeable addition to the R8 GT, is the fixed wing at the back which helps with rear downforce. The larger diffuser is made of carbon-fibre composite which helps keep the car even more stable at higher speeds.
A race package is available enthusiasts; it includes a bolt-in roll bar which has both road and type approval, as well as road-approved four-point harness, a fire extinguisher and a kill switch for the battery. An optional front bar module includes a rotary lock for the four-point seatbelt and turns the roll bar into a full cage.