NEW FOR 2012:

– New R8 GT Coupe
– R8 5.2 adds standard Audi Music Interface

For 2012, the Audi R8 adds the R8 GT, a limited-edition model that benefits from a power tweak to its 5.2-litre engine and its lightweight construction (a reduction of 80 kg) for improved performance. Only 23 are destined for Canada. Among other R8 models, the only change is a standard Audi Music Interface system on the 5.2.

The R8 is available in a coupe or Spyder convertible, with a 4.2-litre V8 or 5.2-litre V10. Both engines are mated to a six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed R-tronic sequential automatic with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The GT comes only with the automated gearbox. All models use rear-biased Quattro all-wheel drive.

Features on the 4.2 coupe include 19-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, Servotronic speed-sensitive steering, rain-sensing wipers, tire pressure monitor, LED daytime running lights and engine compartment lights, bi-xenon headlamps, hill hold assist, Bluetooth connectivity, garage door opener, ultrasonic interior monitoring system, cruise control, auto-dimming power-folding mirrors, Intelligent Key, heated mirrors, Audi Magnetic Ride, heated washer nozzles, power heated Alcantara and leather seats with lumbar support, illuminated door sills, floor mats, locking illuminated glovebox, multi-function three-spoke leather-wrapped wheel, six-CD stereo with auxiliary input and Sirius satellite radio, and monochrome trip computer.

The 5.2 coupe adds LED headlights, DVD-based navigation system, advanced parking system with rearview camera, Nappa leather seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, and Bang & Olufsen sound system.

The Spyder models add a fully automatic soft roof, wind block, and seatbelt-mounted microphone for the Bluetooth system.

Features on the GT include 19-inch forged aluminum wheels, carbon ceramic brakes with red anodized brake calipers, full LED lighting, Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, leather and Alcantera sport seats, GT floor mats, round tailpipes in matt black, and carbon fibre rear diffuser, rear wing, front lip, side mirrors, front bumper fins, side blades and engine compartment.

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