Audi R8 GT named ‘2011 Sports Car of the Year’

November 29, 2011

Germany’s AutoBild magazine has announced its 2011 Sports Car of the Year is the Audi R8 GT. The R8 GT is the high performance lightweight variant of the R8 V10, with a limited production of just 333 units.

AutoBild is regarded for its stringent vehicle tests and thorough reports, but in this case, the Sports Car of the year Award is tallied up by its readers. In its 10th anniversary this year, up to 70,976 readers of the magazine submitted their votes for what they thought deserved the 2011 crown.

The Audi R8 GT was announced the winner at the 2011 Essen Motor Show over the weekend, with Stephan Reil, head of development at quattro GmbH, accepting the award. The R8 GT came out on top of 173 other cars in the survey.

And it’s little wonder it was a hot favourite. The Audi R8 GT features a 5.2-litre V10 engine (also seen in the Lamborghini Gallardo) producing 412kW of power. It’s also around 100kg lighter in weight (1525k in total) compared to the normal V10 coupe, and is able to sprint from 0-100km/h in just 3.6 seconds.

Just five Audi R8 GT variants were destined for Australia, all of which have been accounted for.

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Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.