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Another day, another topless star. No, we’re not referring to a certain Gossip Girl but the equally hot Audi R8 GT Spyder. How hot? This Spyder is a open-top version of the R8 GT unveiled last year, so it has 560 hp and 540 Nm of torque, as opposed to the “standard” R8 V10’s 525 hp/530 Nm. 0-100 km/h is done in 3.8 seconds on its way to a 317 km/h top speed.

It’s not just more power, though. At 1,640 kg, the R8 GT Spyder is 85 kg lighter than its base car, the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro and just 15 kg heavier than the R8 GT. The Audi Space Frame (ASF) body, consisting of cast nodes, extruded sections and aluminum panels, accounts for just 214 kg of the total weight.


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The engine frame is made of magnesium and the long cover over the soft-top compartment and the large side panels at the rear are made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer. CFRP is also used for the modified front spoiler, the fixed rear spoiler and the new rear bumper. Together, all these saved 5.5 kg.

Inside, the bucket seats alone, with their chassis of glass fiber-reinforced polymer, saved 31.5 kg. As to not waste their efforts, I’d skip that banana leaf lunch if I was driving one of these!

The fabric soft top with its electrohydraulic drive transforms the car in 19 seconds, at speeds of up to 50 km/h. The extendible glass rear window is nestled in the bulkhead, separate from the soft top. Integrated in the bulkhead is a rollover protection system comprising two pretensioned plates.


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The quattro permanent AWD has a strong rear-wheel bias, granted by the axle load distribution. If the situation calls for it, the system sends additional torque to the front axle. The gearbox is an automated six-speed R tronic transmission.

The interior is black and can be had with titanium gray or crimson stitching. Alcantara is found on the sport steering wheel and windshield frame. Unique details to look out for include white dials and R8 GT logos. The distinctive R8 “monoposto,” a large arch encircling the driver’s cockpit, is made of matt CFRP.

Not just hot, but exclusive as well – the R8 GT Spyder is limited to just 333 units.