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Audi Sets $196,800 “Base” Price for New R8 GT

Supercar now nudging the 200 mph mark.

by on Mar.17, 2011

Audi R8 GT: lighter, more powerful, faster and, yes, more expensive, too.

You’ll soon be able to buy the Audi R8 in three flavors: fast, faster and, “Oh, my god.”

But getting close to the 200-mph mark will nudge you ever closer to a $200,000 price tag.

When the slick 2-seater came out, a few years back, critics found little to, well, criticize, other than the lack of oomph from the stock 4.2-liter V8.  They didn’t have long to fret, however.  The addition of a 5.2-liter V10 – the same basic powerplant from the Audi GT3 LMS race car – bumped the pony count from 420 to 525 horsepower.

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Needless to say, that wasn’t quite enough for some folks who have gotten caught up in the numbers game.  So, while the new R8 GT isn’t quite in the same rarified air as the new, 700-hp Lamborghini Aventador, it still has enough to challenge the best of the supercar breed by adding yet another 35 horsepower – 560 in all.


First Drive: 2011 Audi R8 V10 Spyder

Catch it if you can.

by on Aug.19, 2010

With the launch of the new Spyder, Audi is only going to enhance the appeal of the sexy R8.

For anyone who has wanted to experience the raw G-force crush of a launch from a Navy aircraft carrier.  You can either enlist or start saving your pennies for the all-new 2011 Audi R8 Spyder.

If the name sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the new ragtop version of the R8 coupe, which has created a huge buzz since its launch, a couple years back.  The convertible is likely to become the top-seller in the line-up, and for good reason.

The Spyder features the same 5.2-liter direct-injection V10 that Audi introduced for the R8, last year, a 528-horsepower, 391 lb-ft monster that can quite literally take your breath away when you slam the pedal down to the floor.  In coupe form, it’s rated to hit 197 mph; surprisingly, the convertible cuts that top speed only by 2 mph.

(Click Here to read’s review of the Audi R8 V10 Coupe.)

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The surprisingly light and exceedingly nimble R8 undergoes a few visual tweaks as it reemerges in convertible form, (though the overall shape is familiar, including the distinctive LED running lights, 24 of them to represent the German marque’s ongoing dominance of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race).