2011 Audi R8 GT Spyder - Limited Edition
The sleek looking - and certainly very powerful - 2011 Audi R8 GT Spyder first made its debut at the famed Le Mans 24 hour endurance race in July of 2011, although only as a display car, it did not compete. From that point on car enthusiasts have been mostly in agreement that it is a great example of Audi technology and well worth driving. That is if you can get your hands on one as there were only 333 of the vehicles made!
For those of you who might not know, the Audi R8 line is a series of sports cars that first debuted in 2006 and the coupe versions are generally used as touring cars in races like Le Mans. The cars are produced in Audi's Neckersulm plant in Germany and as a series are generally considered to be some of the best handling road cars available on the luxury market today.
The 2011 Audi R8 GT Spyder Under the Hood
Like the coupe version (that was also limited to a 333 production run in 2011) the 2011 Audi R8 GT Spyder has a 522 horsepower V10 engine that is constructed from carbon fiber to lower the car's overall weight. Under test conditions Audi say that the car can reach 62 mph in 3.8 seconds and can top out at 197 mph.
All of the horsepower that the 2011 Audi R8 GT Spyder boasts travels through a six-speed sequential-manual gearbox with paddle shifters. The sophisticated all-wheel-drive system makes use of a viscous coupling and has rear-wheel-drive bias. An updated aerodynamics system means, Audi says, helps increase the high speed downforce for better handling.
The 2011 Audi R8 GT Spyder boasts big, road hugging 19-inch wheels, with 235/35 tires at the front of the car and 295/30 tires at the back. The ESP stabilization program does boast a special sport mode but that can be deactivated at the push of a button if the driver wishes.
The 2011 Audi R8 GT Spyder - The Looks
The car has the kind of sleek look that Audi fans would expect from a Spyder even though many of the interior and exterior components were 'lightened up' to reduce the car's overall weight. The interior is mainly full black leather and the seats are non adjustable bucket seats primarily designed for racing, rather than driving, comfort.
As the Spyder is a convertible the roof and how it performs is of course very important. According to Audi it can be dropped at speeds of up to 30mph and it takes a mere 20 seconds for it to slide away into the carbon fiber trunk.
The 2011 Audi R8 GT Spyder - The Extras
The standard equipment on the 2011 Audi R8 GT Spyder includes LED headlights and LED tail lights, a sophisticated programable automatic air conditioning system, a built in smart navigation system plus, an alarm system and even a dash mounted lap timer.
The stereo system included as standard is a German engineered Bang and Olufsun affair and the bluetooth set up in the car includes a built in seat belt microphone for the ultimate in hands free conversation while on the move.
If you want to store things in the car you can, to a certain extent anyway, thanks to a surprisingly roomy 3.53 cu. ft of cargo space separated into three storage compartments in the bulkhead.
When it was released in its limited run the 2011 Audi R8 GT Spyder had a base price of 207,800 euros but as you might expect the company had little problem selling out the run!