The handling of the Audi R8 GT is a pure joy. The high-performance sports car dazzles with breathtaking lateral acceleration and lightning-like, nearly instantaneous reactions. Its engine is mid-mounted close to the vertical axis; its mass is almost negligible during fast direction changes. The R8 GT is dynamic, highly precise and stable in every situation.
Audi follows the classic racing design when it comes to the suspension – double wishbones made of aluminum locate the wheels. The hydraulic, power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering has a direct 16.3:1 ratio for a sensitive connection between the driver and the road. The optimally tuned coilover suspension lowers the vehicle body by as much as 10 millimeters (0.39 in). Higher front and rear wheel camber rates make the handling slightly more agile than with the standard model.
The top-of-the-line R8 model rolls out of the production shop in Neckarsulm on 19-inch forged wheels. They measure 8.5 J x 19 at the front and 11 J x 19 at the rear, with 235/35 and 295/30 tires, respectively. A tire pressure indicator is standard. 305/30 tires are available at the rear in conjunction with the range of optional wheels. For racing enthusiasts, Audi offers sport tires that provide the ultimate in performance on dry roads. Because extreme power requires superb control, internally vented and drilled brake discs of carbon fiber ceramic are mounted behind the large wheels of the R8 GT.
The discs measure 380 millimeters (14.96 in) in diameter up front and 356 millimeters (14.02 in) at the rear. The friction rings are bolted to the aluminum caps via elastic elements. All together, they weigh nine kilograms (19.84 lb) less than steel bolts of the same size. The aluminum brake calipers – with six pistons up front – are anodized red and are emblazoned with “Audi ceramic.” This color scheme is exclusive to the R8 GT. In keeping with the principle of lightweight construction, the Audi engineers have also fought to eliminate every gram of superfluous weight in the brakes.
The ESP stabilization program can be switched into a Sport mode at the push of a button to allow fun, but safe, oversteer when accelerating out of a corner. The driver can deactivate the system entirely for a trip to the race track.
The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.