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Audi R8 GT Spyder Takes on Lamborghini

Audi makes some really impressive vehicles, and they are definitely nice enough to draw business away from competitors like Mercedes, Lexus, and even Porsche.  But let’s face it: Lamborghini is in a totally different class than anything in the Audi lineup…at least until now.  The German motor company recently released photos of their new R8 GT Spyder, a hot little 2-seat convertible, and it is one fierce looking automobile.  What happens to be of even more interest than the sleek styling, however, is the fact that Audi has basically used this vehicle to deliver a direct challenge to a company that is, by all accounts, way out of their league.  They have announced that they fully intend for their new Spyder to beat the Lamborghini Gallardo Performance in a sprint from 0 to 62 miles per hour.  That’s a pretty bold claim, but they’ve got plenty of muscle to back it up.

Audi R8 GT Spyder:
2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder

2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder

First and foremost, it might help if you knew that previous iterations of the Audi R8 (which originally joined the lineup in 2007) were based on the Gallardo platform.  They simply used a smaller engine so as not to complete directly.  As a result, the R8 is already built much like the Gallardo, with the same basic structure, a lightweight frame, and very similar under-hood components (including the engine and gearbox).  In short, it was like the poor man’s version of the higher end Lamborghini sports car.  And in that capacity it functioned very well.  But apparently not well enough for Audi, which has decided to soup it up and make some real competition for the car that their R8 emulates.

2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder

2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder

The new R8 GT Spyder will not only feature the same V10 engine that the Gallardo is running, they claim that they will do it better than the original.  And the specs so far seem to support their claim.  Although the R8 comes in with a top speed of 199 mph, just shy of the Gallardo’s whopping 201 mph, it seems that the Audi wins in the 0-62 sprint with a time of 3.8 seconds, while the Lamborghini just misses the win with 3.9 seconds.  It may be splitting hairs, but there’s no denying that the Audi has a faster track time.  Of course, it should be noted that these tests were done separately.  If you got the same driver on the same course, the results could skew differently.  But according to this preliminary data, the R8 is definitely going to give the Gallardo a run for its money.

2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder

2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder

Speaking of dough, interested parties will likely be keen to know the price difference between these two extremely similar automobiles, and you might be surprised to learn that the Audi could actually come with a slightly bigger price tag.  The Gallardo, which sells for about $205,000 (but could go as high as $220,000) can be had on the low end (is there such a thing in the world of exotic cars?) for slightly less than the Audi, which is estimated to start around $220,000.  Of course, despite the fact that the Lamborghini offers a certain amount of prestige, and Audi is just the new kid on the block (relatively speaking), it cannot be denied that they have aimed high and hit the target.  As to whether or not beating Lamborghini at its own game will pay off, that remains to be seen.

2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder

Sarah Danielson is a writer for The Truckers Report where you can read the latest trucking news, speak with other truckers in the international truck forum and freightliner forum, or learn more about engines like the Cummins ISX.

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