Audi R8 GT Should Have Superleggeras Worried
The goal of any soldier’s weapon is to deliver the most lethal blow possible while being as agile as possible. As great as cannons were, they would have been a wee bit heavy to carry across Iraq, hence our boys and girls using AR-15s. It’s no secret the symbiotic relationship of light weight and power shines brightest in the world of sports cars. And when the “cannon” you’re starting out with is Audi’s civilized cluster bomb, the Audi R8 V10, the result is like handing Robin Hood a modern sniper rifle. “If you think that long bow is incredible, try out our new version.” Introducing the 2010 Audi R8 GT. Superleggeras, you have been warned.
With the success of the Gallardo Superleggerra, GT3RS, and numerous light-weight models from Ferrari, it was only a matter of time before Audi stripped down their golden child, the R8. Engineers went to work, and by using CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic), polycarbonate windows, carbon brakes and carbon fiber trim, they shaved 220lbs off the car.
The 525 hp V10 engine found in the R8 5.2 is already a fantastic powerplant, but Audi wouldn’t dream of making a special-edition version of their supercar without some more powder in the cartridge. Tweaks to the ECU resulted in a gain of 35hp, bringing the output up to 560hp. Sadly it only comes with the R-Tronic manumatic, but those quick shifts send the R8 GT to 60mph in 3.6 seconds on its way to 198mph.
And although the R8 GT will be street legal, it is offered with a number of race-ready goodies to help you feel at home at a track day: 6-piston carbon brakes, harnesses, a kill switch and a roll bar or full cage are available (red or black). A new carbon rear wing and front diffuser help you to get the power down even earlier in the corners, as will the cup tires (optional). Although the R8 is a docile daily driver, it’s clear the R8 GT is meant for track sessions, not trips to silly stores and fancy lunches.
Audi shaved 86lbs alone from the interior, but checking a few options will put that weight back on like your sister doing a semester abroad. The GT comes with Alcantara everything standard, but there’s a full leather option, as well as an optional Bang & Olufsen stereo and SAT/NAV.
333 examples will be made, and the price of $256,000 reflects that exclusivity. The R8 is already such a phenomenal car that unit #1 of this lighter version has already been reserved for God himself. It comes in 4 colors (Samoa Orange, Suzuka Grey, Ice Silver or Phantom Black). That said, I would gladly take a 2010 Audi R8 GT wrapped in brown and pink camouflage if it was offered to me. With light-weight editions from every supercar maker in the works, expect a serious gun battle later this year.