Audi has confirmed plans to launch a lightweight, more focused GT version of its R8 Spyder in early 2012.
Pictured here in these official sketches, the R8 GT Spyder will use the same 552bhp, 398lb ft 5.2-litre V10 engine as its coupe sibling. Its top speed will be 193mph, 6mph less than the coupé.
Audi is likely to limit the soft-top GT Spyder to similar numbers as the coupé – 333, 33 of which came to the UK.
The car will be previewed at Le Mans in June and revealed in full at September’s Frankfurt motor show. The Le Mans launch is significant, as some of the engineering ideas proven on Audi’s R8 LMS racer are included in the road car.
In the coupé GT, power is channelled to all four wheels via a beefed-up version of Audi’s six-speed R-tronic robotised manual ’box and a viscous coupling that provides a 15 per cent front/85 per cent rear torque split as standard.