2012 Audi R8 GT, an AutoWeek Flash Drive Car Review

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2012 Audi R8 GT review
The normally aspirated V10 in the 2012 Audi R8 GT is rated at 560 hp.

By: Mark Vaughn on 6/17/2011

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What is it?

Audi's influential R8 row determination be approximately total at what time the new Audi R8 GT weapons on sale in a month. Only the R8 GT Spyder leftovers to discover its way eager on showrooms petroleum fall.

The R8 GT is a lighter, additional powerful, better-handling account of the Audi R8 V10 you by now love. Software profits wring 560 hp as of its 5.2-liter, direct-injection V10 at 8,000 rpm as,at the same time as torque now peaks at 398 lb-ft at 6,500 rpm. Some carbon-fiber trim front and rear, the distance end to end of by means of aerodynamic improvements genuine as a permanent back wing and a double-lipped splitter in front stay the car on the ground. Power is routed from side to side the six-speed, single-clutch R Tronic broadcast by means of paddles on the wheel--right for upshifts, absent for down. Power motionless weapons to all four wheels via Audi's patented quattro system.

What is it similar to to drive?

Audi didn't desire to provide up the essential at ease nature of the R8 at what time it complete the GT, so it is motionless a quite pleasant gran turismo cruiser, despite its important presentation upgrades. A new set of adjustable coilovers ride at every corner, lowering the car 0.4 inch. Low-profile, DOT-legal Competition 235/35 front and 295/30 Pirelli PZero Corsa R02 rubber gripped the pavement healthy but had noticeable chunks starving out of the exterior edge following a day of excited lapping at Infineon Raceway.

We had the broadcast set in game mode for quicker shifts but absent the traction manage on. The 5.2-liter V10 has enormous reserves of torque, allowing you to wait in site cog from side to side the carousel, for instance, by means of abundance of grunt similar to to all four wheels to authority you out of the exit and open you up the hill to twist seven. We did become aware of so as to the car yawed a bit additional supposed we strength contain predictable if we now on or off the throttle additional suddenly supposed we be hypothetical to contain person's name in turns. But it by no means got out of row and the constancy manage was by no means intrusive.

It's a GT car a small additional supposed it is a sports education car, but it become paler sportier on petroleum street route than, say, the normal Audi R8 or its Lamborghini Gallardo cousin. Using the built-in open manage on the pit straight, we got 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. The carbon-ceramic brakes, construct by no means suggested any become paler despite existence form thrashed approximately the path all day, corporation the car as of 60 mph to a standstill in 108 feet, outstanding for a car so as to efficiently 3,538 pounds.

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Do I desire one?

You do if you contain $196,800, the cost with no destination and preceding to spending on any options, genuine as $6,000 for matte-finish paint. You might approximately picture by,by means of petroleum as a track-day toy, one so as to you might by means of no trouble drive to and as of the track. Though we by no means got off the flat pavement of Infineon, we imagined it counting sense Audi at ease on the majority paved surfaces. How concerning a track-day battle royal in the center of this, a Porsche GT3 RS, a Lexus LFA, a Nissan GT-R and a Ferrari 458 Italia? That tableware similar to a contest series we'd pay to watch.

2012 Audi R8 GT

On Sale: One month as of now

Base Price: $196,800, advantage destination

Powertrain: 560-hp, 398-lb-ft, normally aspirated, gasoline-direct-injection V10; AWD, six-speed single-clutch sequential routine broadcast by means of paddle shifters

Curb Weight: 3,538 lb

0-60 MPH: 3.6 sec (AW)

60-0 MPH: 108 get second-hand to (AW)

Fuel Economy: 13 mpg city, 19 mpg hwy, 15 mpg joint (mfr)



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