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Paris Motor Show 2010: Audi R8 GT

Audi R8 V10 was already one of the most desirable super cars, so how could you amplify this yearning feeling? How could you make the R8 V10 even more efficient? It is simple: reduce its weight and increase the power. The result: Audi R8 GT– the victorious combination.

Audi R8 GT, recently described in detail at Paris Motor Show 2010, represents the same achievement as Scuderia is for Ferrari, Superleggera for Lamborghini or Black Series for Mercedes AMG.

Audi R8 GT is the ultimate expression of the beloved Ingolstadt super car generation. The Germans have managed to gradually evolve from a V8 engine to a V10 (brought from Lamborghini –censored anyway, so that it could not compete with the latter). All of the 560 bhp produced by a 5.2-liter engine are offered now to us by the Audi R8 GT, the official cousin of Lamburghini Gallardo LP560-4.

The engine of the Audi masterpiece displayed at Paris Motor Show 2010 is available with an R-Tronic semi-automatic gear-box. Furthermore, the quattro all- wheel drive system is calibrated in such a way that it delivers 15% capacity in front and 85% power in the rear side of the vehicle (in average circumstance). Also, in order to improve the rear traction, the back side of the car is equipped with a mechanic differential.

Aesthetic and aerodynamic, the new Audi R8 GT is slightly different from the old Audi variants, being equipped with new elements such as the scoops carved on each side, the new spoilers and a carbon fiber aileron- the solution found by the manufacturers in the direction of getting rid of the additional engines and also to reduce the vehicle’s mass.

The power is not the only thing the new Audi R8 GT won, the fireball “losing weight” as its creators used carbon fiber instead of aluminum when constructing it. The “diet” was really severe- the GT being 100 kilograms lighter than a standard V10. Moreover, the glass in the windows was replaced with polycarbonate, the windshield is leaner and the battery is 9.4 kilograms lighter than the previous one.

At Paris Motor Show 2010 we had the opportunity to admire its interior, also changed, the heavy materials being replaced with lighter ones, without giving up to the small Audi “treats” such as the Bang & Olufsen system or MMI interface.

The Audi R8 GT performance represents the extent of engineers’ efforts to reduce the mass and as a result, the R8 GT manages to “take off” and reach 100 kilometers in just 3.6 seconds, its limits being extended to 320 km/h. This performance, surprisingly enough, makes the R8 GT to be faster than the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4.

In these circumstances, we could wonder if the new Audi R8 GT has the potential to cannibalize Lamborghini Gallardo. Theoretically, this risk exists. However, in practice, the risk is limited as only 333 units will be produced in the near future. The price of this new variant is also very competitive (unfortunately for Gallardo), the R8 GT costing 193, 000 euros in Germany (cheaper than the Italian Super car). Still, if you want to customize your GT the costs will be much larger.

Anyhow, you will be the owner of the fastest and most swanky Audi ever created.

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