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Audi R8 GT revealed


Audi is launching a limited edition of its high-performance R8 sports car - the Audi R8 GT

There will be just 333 examples of the Audi 560bhp GT version of the R8 supercar produced.

The GT R8 will have a more powerful 5.2-litre V10 engine with a stiffer chassis, revised aerodynamics and weight-saving technology.

The output of the engine has been increased to 412 kW (560 hp). Vehicle weight has been reduced by roughly 100kg to 1525kg thanks to a new carbon fibre liftback, fixed rear wing, modified brake calipers and thinner windscreen glass.

The Audi R8 GT reportedly accelerates from zero to 100 kmh in 3.6 seconds - 0.3 seconds quicker than the R8 V10. It will reach a top speed of 320 kmh.

Audi says the R8 GT will be suitable for track days and club competition events.

Optional equipment will include a bolt-in roll cage, four-point race belts, fire extinguisher and kill switch for the battery.

Externally the GT is distinguished by a front splitter, carbonfibre ‘winglets’ on the corners of the front bumper and the fixed rear wing.

If the special model makes its way to New Zealand, expect a price of around $352,000 - but for that price you'll get a special badge on the shift lever knob with the production number on it.

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