Only 90 will come to the US
The Audi R8 has been around for a while now and Audi has announced a very cool new very limited edition model of the car for 2012 called the R8 GT. The new car is modified from the standard version of the R8 to get lighter weight and better performance. The car has extensive use of carbon fiber to make it lighter.
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Audi claims the car is about 180 pounds lighter than the R8 5.2 quattro coupe. The GT uses a 5.2L 560hp V10 engine. That is 35hp more than the normal R8 5.2 offers. The GT also uses the new Rtronic sequential manual transmission. The car has a top speed of 199mph and can hit 62mph in 3.6 seconds.
The key components of the GT made from carbon fiber include the rear hatch, spoiler, and diffuser. The outside of the car will have some touches to set it apart for the other versions of the R8. It will have matte finish grille, side blades, and other trim parts and it will be offered in an exclusive color called Samoa Orange. Inside the car exclusive touches for the GT include a white instrument cluster, black Alcantara seats, headliner, and other parts with contrasting stitching and doorsill inserts with the R8 GT logo.
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The car can be fitted with optional carbon fiber reinforced ceramic brakes and red anodized brake calipers. The car will also have an optional 12-speaker 495W Bang & Olufsen sound system. The price of the R8 GT is set at $196,800. Only 333 R8 GT models will be produced globally and of that number only 90 of them will come to the US. Each will have a numbered carbon fiber shift knob inside the car.