Snare Your Spyder Before It’s Too Late

The price of the Audi R8 GT Spyder has been announced in theUSand this super car is available for $210,000. The price is not only the concerning fact – there will be only 50 of these mean machines on sale in the US market and if you are genuinely interested, you should hurry up. Power for the 2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder comes from 5.2 liter FSI V10 that produces 560 horsepower and a peak torque of 398 lb-ft. 

Mated to a 6-speed R-tronic transmission with two fully automatic modes, the R8 GT Spyder goes from 0 to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 197 mph. The Audi ultra lightweight technology is the key to the Audi R8 GT Spyder’s weight of just 1,640 kilograms (3,615.58 lb).

That’s 85 kilograms (187.39 lb) less than its technical basis, the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro. The Audi Space Frame (ASF) body, consisting of cast nodes, extruded sections and aluminum panels accounts for just 214 kilograms (471.79 lb) of the total weight.

The body is assembled predominantly by hand in the R8 workshop at the Neckarsulm plant. Final assembly of the car takes place in the same way.

The performance offered by the new top-of-the-line model in the R8 family is formidable. The 5.2-liter V10 with an aluminum crankcase draws its fuel from an FSI direct injection system.

Dry-sump lubrication ensures a reliable supply of oil even under maximum lateral or straight-line acceleration. The quattro permanent all-wheel drive has a strong rear-wheel bias, granted by the axle load distribution.

If the situation calls for it, the system sends additional torque to the front axle. In tandem with the limited slip differential at the rear, it provides an added measure of traction, stability and cornering speed, giving it a strong lead over the rear-wheel-drive competition.