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2011 560hp Audi R8 GT Officially Unveiled






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It may not be flat black like the prototypes that have been spotted in California and Germany, but this is indeed the 2011 Audi R8 GT, the hotter R8 that has been rumored for some time. And you can get in flat black if you like -- it's called Phantom Black pearl. This here is Ice Silver.

As predicted, the all-wheel-drive 2011 R8 GT follows the lead of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera: It's both lighter and more powerful. And it has a package of aero pieces originally developed in the wind tunnel for the Audi R8 LMS racecar, including the front splitter and the fixed rear wing. Just 333 examples of the R8 GT will be built.

Audi has taken care to keep the R8 GT just south of the LP570-4 in the horsepower hierarchy. The car's direct-injected, 5.2-liter V10 now makes 560 hp at 8,000 rpm (up from 525 in the stock R8 5.2 FSI) and 398 pound-feet at 6,500 rpm (up from 391). For better or worse, but probably the latter, a beefed-up version of Audi's single-clutch automated manual transmission is standard.

The weight loss in the Audi R8 GT amounts to about 210 pounds compared to the standard R8 5.2 FSI (3,726 lbs). To drop the pounds, engineers used less insulation and thinner glass, while adding carbon fiber body panels. That means in addition to being lighter, the R8 GT will indeed be noisier. And that means if you buy one of these, you'll want to budget at least a few weekends a year at a racetrack.

These changes result in a slightly quicker R8. Audi estimates the GT will blast to 60 mph in the mid-3-second range. This is quick, but remember that our regular-strength R8 5.2 FSI test car (which had the conventional, 6-speed manual 'box) did it in 3.7 seconds. Top speed edges up from 196 mph to 199 mph.

The suspension has been retuned for added aggression. In addition to different springs and dampers, camber setting are revised. The wheels are lightweight, forged 19s carrying 235/35R19 tires in front and 295/30R19s in the rear (wider 305/30R19 rear meats are optional). We don't yet have specs on the brakes, but as is evident in all the photos, the front discs are larger and there's at least one extra piston in the calipers.

No one's talking about pricing for the U.S.-spec version yet, but there's no reason to think there won't be one. In Germany, Audi is adding a 26-percent premium over the MSRP of a normal R8 5.2 FSI.

If you don't want a flat black or silver 2011 Audi R8 GT, you can have your pick of Samoa Orange or Suzuki Gray. There are also subtle changes in the cockpit, including alcantara upholstery, steering wheel trim and pillar trim, and white-faced gauges.




 

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Surprised they didn't mate it to the new 7 or 8 speed dual clutch automate manual that they developed for this sorta thing... it would make it faster to 60 also... by at least a couple tenths of a second....
 
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