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Audi has announced the availability of an R8 GT, a limited-production madhouse on four wheels. Based on the R8 V10 Coupe, the GT is lighter and more powerful than its normal sibling. It costs €193,000 in Germany and only 333 examples will be made.

Changes include a windscreen constructed of thinner glass, a lighter fixed rear wing, a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) rear hatch, rear bumper and side blades. Even the aluminium caps of the carbon fiber ceramic brake discs saved four kilograms off the total vehicle mass. In the end 100kg (220 lbs) was shed, placing the R8 GT at 1,525kg (3,362.05 lb).

The engine remains a 5.2-litre V10 and quattro AWD is standard. In normal driving conditions 85% of torque is sent to the rear wheels. After tweaking its ECU engineers were able to up power from the standard 386 kW (518 bhp/ 525 PS) up to 412 kW (553 bhp / 560 PS). Maximum torque is now 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) at 6,500rpm. Audi's 6-speed R Tronic sequential manual transmission is fitted. The 0 - 100 km/h sprint, when engaged through the car's Launch Control system, takes just 3.6 seconds and the top speed is 320 km/h (199 mph).

Some exterior highlights are the matt titanium gray struts and slats in the air intakes, a matt black front grille, a carbon fibre bumper splitter, LED headlights, matte carbon side blades and a larger rear carbon diffuser. Standard 19-inch forged wheels with 8.5J x 19 up front and 11J x 19 at the rear carry 235/35 and 295/30 tyres respectively. An optional 305/30 set can be ordered.

Inside it is still a luxurious Audi that features items like Alcantara trim, satellite navigation, a B&O sound system and automatic climate control.

Customers also have the choice of a race package with things like a bolt-in roll bar in red or black and a fire extinguisher.

See press release below for full details.

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