Audi R8 GT Spyder Version: here is what the car will look like

by Alex

The internet has been abuzz with the teaser images of the R8 GT supercar along with the drawings and such similar teasers were released on some of the other future Audi models like the 2012 A3 Sedan and the Hatchback. All these models are expected to be released in early 2012 where the lightweight roadster version of the R8 GT Coupe would be represented as the R8 GT Spyder model.

Engine that would be installed on the Spyder would be a 5.2 liter V10 unit that delivers 552 HP and 398 lb-ft of torque (540 Nm). This incidentally is the same engine that is found on the R8 GT model as well. Acceleration figures for the Spyder would be 3.6 seconds for the 0 to 100 kmph or 62 mph rush. This makes the car a bit sluggish to take off compared to the R8 GT coupe. Top speed of the Spyder would be 320 kmph or 199 mph.

The Spyder also shares a few other similarities in design with the R8 GT Coupe. These includes the large sized air diffuser, the fixed rear wing and the front splitter and winglets. Audi is expected to follow the limited edition process, as it did for the coupe wherein they had produced just 333 units of the car.

One would be able to see the R8 GT at the Le Mans in June. This is the event where cars are put to test for their endurance. Audi would try to prove the relationship between the R8 LMS race car from which the Spyder has drawn lots of inspiration and features from. The Frankfurt Motor Show event scheduled in late September is where the public launch of the Spyder would take place.

For transmission, the Spyder would feature a Quattro all wheel drive system and a six speed R-tronic robotized manual gearbox. Keeping in line with the sports make up of the car, 85 percent of the torque that is generated is directed to the rear wheels under normal driving condition. This is achieved with the AWD system that the car is installed with.

As for its weight, the R8 GT Spyder is placed between the Coupe which is lighter and the standard R8 V10 Spyder which is heavier. The design of the R8 GT Spyder being in line with the coupe gives it the weight reduction benefits. Using carbon fiber components as well as a glass windscreen which is thinner than the R8 GT coupe is 95 kg lesser by weight than the standard V10-powered R8.

Source: carscoop

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