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Official: Audi R8 GT Spyder Coming to the US, but....

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Audi's superbly wonderful R8 GT Spyder will be in the hands of a lucky few in the US in just a few months.

It's now official: Audi will in fact be bringing the R8 GT Spyder to US shores in the coming months for the 2012 model year. And just like countless things in life, there's a catch. With only 333 units scheduled to be built globally, just 50 of them will be sent stateside. A small few is better than none we suppose. For those wealthy and, let's face it, well-connected buyers who manage to snag one, they'll be treated to a hand-built machine consisting of the some of the finest of German supercar technology.

Power comes from a 5.2-liter V10 with direct-injection for total of 560hp. Combined with the reduced weight and increased performance, the R8 GT Spyder can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 197 mph. In comparison to the standard R8 V10 Spyder, the GT Spyder's weight has been reduced by nearly 188 pounds. The engine is composed of ultra-light magnesium and the cover over the soft-top compartment and large rear side panels are made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer. There's also a carbon fiber fixed rear spoiler that provides the required downforce to the rear axle. Pricing has been set at $212,000.

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