2011 Los Angeles Auto Show: 2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder Debut

By Matthew Askari | November 15, 2011
What's New The 2012 Audi R8 is the automaker's supercar, and the R8 GT Spyder is a limited edition enhanced version of this already impressive car. In the case of the R8 GT Spyder, Audi features the same 5.2-liter 560-horsepower V-10 engine, capable of producing an imposing 560-horsepower. What's most impressive is the new GT Spyder loses more than 100 pounds, thanks in large part to carbon-fiber elements, helping deliver even sharper performance. It's estimated that the GT Spyder has a 0-60 mph time of just 3.6 seconds, pairing it with the finest of exotic cars. Who It's For The R8 GT Spyder follows the production of the GT Coupe which was limited to just 333 cars produced. North America saw 90 of those, and it is estimated that we'll see the same number of the convertible GT. The R8 GT Spyder features all of the goods of the R8, and more. Those interested in ultimate bragging rights will love this faster, limited edition supercar. The R8 GT Spyder has a number of slight distinguishing characteristics to the body that aficionados will likely appreciate, and the casual observer might not detect. More obvious are red GT badges and dark LED taillights. Key Features The 2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder is a special limited edition of Audi's R8 supercar.
  • Bragging rights. There are only 333 of these made, and under 100 on American soil.
  • Lighter construction. The R8 GT Spyder is expected to deliver performance and the ultimate sporty ride, and weighing less than Audi's fastest regular R8 only ups performance.
  • Audi style. Sporty red GT badges complement minor body tweaks and carbon-fiber elements. The interior is immaculate and Audi's attention to lighting is noteworthy.
What We Think Audi's 2012 R8 GT Spyder is fit to race with exotic competition— rivals include the Ferrari 458 Italia, and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG among other elite contenders. Audi's supercar has the appeal of its rivals, and the new ultra limited GT Spyder may be its best offering yet, boasting all the refinement and sporty luxury befitting the class. And while the newest R8 has more power and opulence than any reasonable person should ever desire, it finds itself in a class lacking reason. Those with multiple exotics in the stable, have a new toy to add.