2011 Audi R8 GT Spyder
How do you take a brash supercar such as the 2011 Audi R8 GT coupe and make it even more spectacular, more appealing and just plain more? Adding the moniker Spyder to the name is a hint, and following through with what that implies is the answer. Yes, the newest car in the R8 line-up has gone topless and with this car, Audi has rounded out their supercar stable quite nicely.
As a proper supercar, the new R8 GT Spyder features some very competitive numbers. The 5.2-liter V-10 pumps out 560 bhp and 398 lb-ft of torque, meanwhile 0-60 times clock 3.6 seconds. Rarefied numbers indeed, and the way the car achieves this stunning performance is no secret, given the fact that each horsepower has less than six and a half pounds to shove around.
It’s almost a given in the automotive world that the moment a manufacturer decides to take the top off a car, said car, will see a substantial weight gain, not so the R8 Spyder. According to Audi, the new car should weigh in at roughly the same weight as the coupe, an astounding feat considering all of the added stiffening and bracing equipment the new flagship requires. Putting the car on a diet was not a simple measure as the R8 was already rather svelte.
Carbon fiber, of course, is de rigueur in some form or another for cars in this price range but with the R8 Spyder, it’s not just for show. Making up portions of the convertible assembly, soft top compartment, front spoiler, rear spoiler, rear bumper, windshield frame, and even the brakes, it’s apparent that while some of these are here for show, the window frame for instance, Audi has put forth plenty of effort to keep weight to a minimum.
The Audi R8 GT Spyder is so good in fact that it’s a real shame the vast majority of us will never get to drive one, and with a price tag well north of $200K count yourself lucky if you ever see one for that matter.
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