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2012 Audi R8 GT (slideshow)

The race-inspired 2012 Audi R8 GT is the carmaker's fastest, lightest, and most expensive production car in its line-up. With a near $200k pricetag, you'll want a closer look at the car before you break out the check book. With only 90 of these limited production vehicles coming to the U.S., the following slideshow

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2012 Audi R8 GT - left front

The only thing not to love about the 2012 Audi R8 GT would be its price tag. Audi announced that the fastest and lightest production car in its lineup will start at $196,800, $4K more than a starter Ferrari California.
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2012 Audi R8 GT - right front

Generous use of the carbon fiber is one of the ways the Audi R8 GT keeps the weight down. To put it in perspective, it's 180 pounds lighter than the Audi R8 5.2 Quattro coupe.
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2012 Audi R8 GT - rear

Key carbon fiber components are the rear hatch, spoiler and diffuser. Its grille, sideblade and other trim parts will come in exclusive matte finishes.
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2012 Audi R8 GT - in motion

Carbon-fiber reinforced ceramic brakes are listed as one of the supercar's options, although no price was given.
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2012 Audi GT R8 - 5.2-liter V-10 FSI engine

The exotic vehicle features a modified 5.2-liter V-10 FSI engine that produces 560 horsepower (35 hp more than the R8 5.2 Quattro and the R8 Spyder 5.2 Quattro), paired with the R Tronic sequential manual transmission.
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2012 Audi GT R8 - on the road

Weight savings, increased horsepower, and faster shifting times mean the Audi R8 GT produces a top track speed of 199 mph, and a 0-to-62-mph time of 3.6 seconds.
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2012 Audi R8 GT - left rear

Only 90 of the 333 limited production 2012 Audi R8 GTs will be headed to the U.S. market.
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2012 Audi R8 GT

The 2012 Audi R8 GT was inspired by the Audi R8 LMS GT3 race car.
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2012 Audi R8 GT - seats

A close up of the interior shows the 200-mph supercar is reinfornced with a roll cage, although at $200k and with a limited supply, you'll probably want to keep all four wheels on the road.
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2012 Audi R8 GT - instrument cluster

Carbon matte inlays are integrated with the Audi's interior, including the white instrument cluster.
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2012 Audi R8 GT - interior

The Audi 2012 starts at $196,200. Upgrading to the 12-speaker, 495-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system is extra.
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2012 Audi R8 GT - passenger

The Audi's racing seats, steering wheel, headliner, and handbrake are covered in black Alcantara with contrast stitching. At $200k, the fire extinguisher probably is included as standard equipment.
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2012 Audi R8 GT - door sills

Door sills will include aluminum inserts with the R8 GT logo.
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2012 Audi R8 GT - gearshift

Each car will have a numbered gearshift knob to tell the occupants the R8 GT's birth order.

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