Finally! The Audi R8 GT [w/ poll!]

By | May 1, 2010

The R8 has always been the comparatively bargain-priced Lamborghini Gallardo, especially with the advent of the new V-10. The R8 uses the same 5.2L V10 as the Lambo, except it has been detuned a bit so as not to cannibalize sales of the Gallardo. We always knew that sometime, Audi would pull out the stops and create a version with the Gallardo’s balls-to-the-wall, tuned-out V10…and here it is!

Audi R8 GT RearAudi R8 GT Front

It’s called the R8 GT. Using lighter-weight materials, engineers from ze Germany have the GT down 220 lbs and up to 560 horsepower, an increase of 35 horsies from the traditional V10.

So What’s the Catch?

There’s actually two:

  1. Limited edition – Only 333 of these beautiful beasts will be produced, so the states will be lucky to get even a few outside of the Axis Powers.
  2. The pricetag – $256,000 according to today’s Euro-to-Dollar exchange rate. Ouch! That’s more than the base Gallardo!

How Will I Tell if I’ve Seen One?

To tell this variant apart from the normal R8 V10 (We can’t believe we just called the R8 V10 normal), look for the following visual cues:

  • Back – looking at it from the rear (we won’t judge), look for the vents right behind the read wheels.
  • Front - If you have the rare opportunity to see one from the front, look for the small chin-wing spoilers.

Poll:

So, here’s the question. Considering that for $198,000, you can get the base Gallardo with the same amount of power, is actually lighter, and is a Lamborghini, would you consider the R8 GT over it?

[Images courtesy of blogcdn.com]


2 Comments

Bryan Cochran on May 3, 2010 at 8:12 pm.

Great article AJ!… if anybody wants to know more about this car here is some great information: http://j.mp/XyjLm

wilcoxaj on May 3, 2010 at 8:15 pm.

Thanks Bryan, that’s great info, right from the horse’s mouth.

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