Audi confirms 553bhp R8 GT

* Lightweight carbonfibre parts * 552bhp V10 engine * 0-62mph in under 4.0 secs...

Audi confirms 553bhp R8 GT

Audi has confirmed production of a super R8 with sales starting in the spring of 2012.

Based on the R8 Spyder V10, the GT drops over 100kg of weight, thanks to various weight-saving measures including a carbonfibre windscreen surround and a fixed rear wing in place of the standard R8s motorised lifting rear spoiler.

The car's 0-62mph time is less than four seconds and top speed is close to 200mph thanks to a version of the R8s V10, tweaked to produce 553bhp. Ceramic brakes and full LED lights will also feature.
The interior, shown in our design sketches, will also be stripped of some weight, but shouldnt be ravaged of too much luxury.

How much and when?
If you fancy this ultimate R8, youll probably have to find close to 150,000, but as with most R8s, youll have to get in quick.

The car will make its debut at this years Le Mans 24-hour race in June and Septembers Frankfurt motor show before going on sale in spring 2012.