Frankfurt: Audi R8 GT Spyder
Ingolstadt reveals hardcore R8, open-air style...
Audi has shed 85kgs from the standard R8 Spyder, bringing the weight down to 1,640kgs. Throw a 560hp, 398lb ft 5.2-litre V10 in the mix and you get from 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 197mph. That's a couple of tenths and mph off the coupe version and, sadly for Audi, slower than the 458 Spider too.
Audi is only making 333 (making it a sort of 'demi-beast'?) and each car will have its production number stamped on top of the gear lever. Speaking of which, it's R tronic automated manual and left-hand drive only. And you'll know our thoughts on the former from our roadtest of the coupe version.
If you want one be ready to throw around £200,000 in Audi's direction and act fast - all 33 of the coupe versions coming to the UK sold out more or less immediately.
But, like I said, thats just my view. Clearly these things will sell faster than you can contemplate the intrcacies of the design.
I'm also quite prepared to be proven wrong when (if?) I see it in the metal, so to speak.
Go back to the original R8(V8) and pick one up for ~£50k now - loaded, as all the early adopters have swapped 'em out for the V10's...
I have it a '5'.