Thanks to Audi ultra, weight is lowered and dynamics increased, without sacrificing comfort. The R8 GT Spyder leaves the assembly line outfitted with a rich array of standard equipment: LED headlights and tail lights, an automatic air conditioning system, electric windows, the navigation system plus with MMI operating logic and seven active speakers, the driver information system with a built-in laptimer, a parking system, hill hold assist and an anti-theft alarm system.
As always with Audi, the interior is a fascinating study of superlative fit and finish. The materials, carefully selected and applied, indulge the senses with their fine look and feel; the controls are clearly structured and logical. The monoposto – a large arch encircling the cockpit – is made of matt CFRP; the cabin is spacious.
The interior is a sporty black. The flat-bottomed steering wheel, the windshield frame, the knee pad, the handbrake lever and the bucket seats are all covered in Alcantara; contrasting stitching in a choice of titanium gray or crimson provides accents. The rear bulkhead accommodates an LED-illuminated storage box with three compartments.
The scales on the dial instruments are white, including gauges for the oil temperature and on-board voltage. The custom-designed selector lever, which bears the vehicle’s serial number, is made of CFRP and aluminum; the center tunnel and the door liners are trimmed in the body color.
The door sills have matt aluminum sill panels. Just like the steering wheel, selector lever and instruments, they are adorned with the R8 GT logo. The pedals and the footrest feature a gleaming aluminum-look finish.
Audi offers a wealth of exclusive options for the R8 GT Spyder. Exterior options include alternative wheel designs, a body-color front splitter and a matt CFRP engine compartment cover. Additional CFRP trims and leather-covered controls are available as interior options. Others include floor mats with the R8 GT logo, CFRP door sill panels illuminated in red, a leather multifunction steering wheel, cruise control and seatbelts in titanium gray or crimson.
On request, Audi will install seats with CFRP shells, which are even lighter than the GFRP shells. Classic power-adjustable, heated sport seats are available as alternatives. Embroidered R8 GT logos are available for the standard Alcantara upholstery as well as for the optional version in Fine Nappa leather.
Another option is the Bluetooth interface with seatbelt microphone (for black seatbelts). The seatbelt microphone makes it possible to carry on a phone conversation conveniently, even when driving with the top down. Integrated into each of the two belts are three small microphones; a fourth is mounted on the windshield frame. Audi offers an optional surround-sound system from Bang & Olufsen with 465 watts of power and 12 speakers, a CD changer and the Audi music interface.
Sales of the R8 GT Spyder will begin in August 2011. Its base price in Germany will be 207,800 euros.
The equipment and data specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.