Thankfully, American models will have extra toys other markets won't get.
The Audi R8 GT is Audi's way of saying goodbye to the second iteration of the supercar and the V10 engine that powers it. But its exclusivity means that only 150 of the 333 units globally produced will make their way to the US (and 10 to Canada), each priced at $249,900. In addition, US-spec models will differ from the rest of the world in a few key areas.
The USA is the largest market globally for the Audi R8, which is why nearly half of the limited production run will arrive stateside. Additionally, US models will have a few extra add-ons that the rest of the world won't get, and we'll be missing out on a few things other countries will have.
First, American models make do with less power on paper at only 602 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque compared to the European market's 612 hp. Despite this, American performance figures are more or less the same: 0-60 mph takes 3.3 seconds, and it'll hit a top speed of 199 mph. Other differences include a fixed rear suspension for USDM models instead of adjustable coilovers for the rest of the world.
But we don't just lose out, we also gain much equipment that other countries don't.
Included in the base price, US Audi R8 GTs get standard laser light headlight technology, dynamic steering, and the sports exhaust system, which is louder than Euro-spec models thanks to Europe's stricter emissions legislation.
A few visual cues differentiate US models, too, with carbon mirrors, carbon side blades, carbon door sills, and the Audi exclusive diamond-stitched headliner being included as standard content. A Bang & Olufsen sound system is also included - but why you'd want to listen to music instead of a ten-cylinder symphony is beyond us.
While the R8 GT has been showcased in Suzuka Gray (pictured) matte paint for the global market, the US will not get this particular color. Three hues will be on offer here: Tango Red Metallic, Mythos Black Metallic, and Daytona Gray Metallic, the latter of which is closest to Suzuka Gray. 50 units in each color will be brought stateside.
These colors carry a $595 premium, not included in the base MSRP, meaning you actually need to shell out $250,495, plus $1,495 in delivery charges and a $1,300 Gas Guzzler tax. And that's before dealers add their nasty 'price adjustments' and mark-ups to the price.
The R8 GT is rear-wheel-drive only and features a seven-speed DCT gearbox with revised, shortened ratios compared to the R8 V10 performance Coupe RWD. These now closely match the ratios of the AWD-equipped V10 performance quattro. It also loses weight compared to the base RWD variant - 55 pounds of the stuff - and comes with ceramic brakes and a seven-stage stability control system called Torque Rear to help with those smokey drifts.
20-inch forged alloy wheels save weight and wear Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber as standard while housing carbon ceramic brakes with red brake calipers. Other minor changes include a black engine cover and a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) anti-roll bar.
The Audi R8 GT is expected to reach dealers by the end of Q1 2023, and with the production of the second-gen R8 winding down by the end of 2023 entirely, your time is running out to get the last of the V10 supercars.