Audi hands over first R8 GT to customer

The first of 333 Audi R8 GT vehicles has hit the road: A customer from the UK received the keys for his Phantom Black high-performance sports car today at the Audi Forum in Neckarsulm. The limited-edition, top-of-the-line model of the R8 family is built in a production shop at the Neckarsulm site and was sold out worldwide just a few weeks after market launch. The 560 hp R8 GT will be delivered to customers in 23 countries, primarily in Europe, the United States and Middle Eastern markets.

The R8 GT takes 3.6 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) and 10.8 seconds to reach 200 km/h (124.27 mph). This breathtaking performance is due in no small part to its systematic lightweight design. Its hand-built aluminum body featuring an Audi Space Frame (ASF) tips the scales at just 210 kilograms (463 lb). With extensive fine-tuning and the use of carbon-fiber composites (CFC), the Audi engineers were able to reduce the weight of the high-performance sports car by 100 kilograms (220 lb) versus the Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro.
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Ultimate Mercedes-Benz or Stand-Up Maybach?

On Saturday afternoon, holiday shoppers were perusing models on the showroom floor of Mercedes-Benz Manhattan on Park Avenue. A few blocks away were a Ferrari-Maserati dealership and the Audi Forum to tempt them. But more than a few were captivated instead by a huge, whalelike black vehicle sporting a red bow on its nose and seeming to scrape the dealer’s ceiling — the Sprinter Grand Edition.

“We are the only place where you can buy this,” said Vincent Varga, a sales representative for the dealership. “We have sold four of them.”
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