Priced at ‘just’ £158,145, like the Coupé before it, the emphasis of the Audi R8 GT Spyder is on lightness and even more power. Losing its roof, the GT has been trimmed by a further 85kg from the standard V10 Roadster’s weight and drops to 1.640kg.
The GT version of the R8 V10 Spyder may be spotted by its contrasting titanium grey trim, a new front splitter with a dual lip, the neat flicks at the side of the front bumper designed to aid airflow over the Audi’s body, the red GT badges, the 19-inch grey five-spoke alloys and different wing mirrors. At the back of the sports saloon there are round exhaust tail pipes, an enlarged diffuser, dark LED rear lights and a fixed rear spoiler.
Inside, the changes for the R8 GT Spyder are as noticeable as the exterior and feel equally special. Highlights include more supportive sports seats and GT branded floor mats. There’s suede trim for the flat-bottomed steering wheel, carbon fibre trim on the centre console and a special carbon and alloy gear knob for the auto box which also has the car’s unique production number on it.
It might be a lightweight version of the R8 Spyder but is still equipped well with standard equipment including automatic air conditioning, a DVD-based GPS system and a driver’s information system with built-in lap timer and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Spyder version of the R8 GT is also available with the Bang & Olufsen sound system as a no-cost option which was not available on the Coupé.