Audi R8 GT Spyder: Study in Light

While some might right about the Audi R8 GT Spyder because of its stunning looks or its impressive performance (its 560-hp, 5.2-liter V10 propels the vehicle from 0 to 62 in 3.8 seconds and provides a top speed of 197 mph), not us.

While some might write about the Audi R8 GT Spyder because of its stunning looks or its impressive performance (its 560-hp, 5.2-liter V10 propels the vehicle from 0 to 62 in 3.8 seconds and provides a top speed of 197 mph), not us.

No, we will point out another aspect of the car that the engineering-minded among you will see is similarly startling:

The vehicle weighs just 3,615.58 lb. That’s 187.39 lb less than the vehicle that it is based on, the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro.

The R8 GT Spyder features the Audi Space Frame structure—an arrangement of cast nodes, aluminum sections and aluminum panels—that weighs a sylph-like 471.79 lb.

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The engine frame is made with magnesium.

Several components--soft-top cover, side panels, front spoiler, rear spoiler, rear bumper—are made with carbon-fiber reinforced polymer material.

Engineers made material-removing tweaks to the transmission, wheels, and brakes (brakes which, incidentally, have carbon-fiber reinforced ceramic discs).

The use of glass-fiber reinforced plastic for the bucket seat frames provided a weight reduction of 69.45 lb.

The car is essentially hand-built. Production is limited to 333 vehicles.

Price? Almost as impressive as the weight-save: it starts (in Germany, by the way) at €207,800 (roughly $304,000).