The Audi R8 GT Spyder is the definition of the word "exclusive". One will be surprised to find that there are only 333 of these hand-built masterpieces around the world (only 50 in the US). And much like the R8 GT Coupe, the Spyders also have a number system on the gearstick to tell which is which... which sounds ridiculous yet it makes us want one even more.

Lightweight components of the GT Spyder serve as the technical distinction of the car. The engine frame is constructed of ultra-light magnesium, and the long cover over the soft-top compartment and the large side panels at the rear are made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer. That carbon diet has payed off and the GT is now 187.39 lbs lighter than an already efficient and nimble R8. The carbon fiber rear spoiler provides the right amount of downforce to the rear axle while a stiffer suspension gives the GT a more agile feel. The whole car in fact is lower by 10 millimeters compared to the the standard car. Grip is guaranteed as the long-lasting quattro technology is there work its magic on the 19 inch wheels. At the same time, xyz ventilated and cross-drilled rotors provide exceptional stopping power. Aerodynamics get some benefit from the visuals (a rear diffuser and a front splitter).

If we take into account the weight saving and the 5.2-liter V10 FSI engine that gives the GT Spyder 560 horses to play with, we conclude to some very impressive figures: from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 197 mph

The interior is black and can be adorned with stitching in a choice of Titanium Gray or Crimson Red for that extra something. Alcantara can be applied on the seat inserts, flat-bottom sport steering wheel, hand brake cover and windshield frame.

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Here are the listed highlights that give the GT Spyder a high degree of exclusivity:

    R8 GT Spyder Standard Features Highlights:

  • 5.2L 10-cylinder, gasoline engine, aluminum block

  • quattro® all-wheel-drive

  • Exterior mirrors: power adjustable, heated Front Airbags: Driver and passenger full-size dual-stage front airbags and knee airbags

  • Side airbags: Driver and passenger seat mounted head and thorax airbags

  • Front disc brakes: 8-Piston calipers, perforated, internally vented

  • Rear disc brakes: 4-Piston calipers, perforated, internally vented

  • LED headlights and daytime running lights

  • Sport seats, heated, 10-way power with 4-way power lumbar

  • Audi navigation system plus, 6-disc CD changer, Sirius Satellite Radio, Aux-in jack with 7 speakers and 5-channel amplifier with a total

  • output of 140 Watts

  • Preparation for mobile phone (Bluetooth®) with seatbelt microphone

    R8 GT Specific Standard Features Highlights:

  • 19" R8 GT wheels with summer performance tires

  • R tronic ®, 6-speed sequential gearbox with shift-by-wire technology and sports mode

  • R8 GT specific sport suspension system

  • R8 GT specific carbon fiber matte exterior mirrors

  • R8 GT specific LED tail lights

  • R8 GT specific aluminum door sill inserts

  • R8 GT specific steering wheel

  • R8 GT specific sport seats in Alcantara and leather

  • R8 GT specific carbon fiber matte interior inlays (monoposto and interior door handles)

  • R8 GT specific numbered aluminum gear knob

  • Windshield frame in Alcantara

    Optional Equipment Highlights:

  • Audi navigation system plus with Audi music interface w/ iPod® cable (replaces 6-disc CD changer)

  • Audi Carbon Ceramic Brakes

  • Bang & Olufsen Sound System (12 speakers 495 watt)

  • Titanium Finish 19" 5-arm-double-spoke-design aluminum alloy wheels with summer performance tires

  • Forged Aluminum 19" 5-twin-spoke-Y-design in matte silver look with summer performance tires

  • Carbon fiber matte door and center console panels

  • Windscreen Frame in Fine Nappa Leather (interior)

The 2012 Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price for the limited-edition R8 GT Spyder is as follows: MSRP $210,000 (excludes $1,200 Destination and Delivery and Taxes). Deliveries will begin in February.

Source: Audi