Audi R8 V10 RWS goes rear-drive for driving purists

12 September, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Patsy Dennis
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A donut-friendly version of the Audi R8 is something that has not been in the cards since the model's debut a distant 11 years ago, unless we're talking four-wheel drifting on ice, but a rear-wheel-drive version of Ingolstadt's halo auto could be in the works.

Is Audi really going to offer the R8 without its signature quattro all-wheel drive? While removing four-wheel drive has led to a 50kg weight loss compared to the quattro R8 (the Spyder is 40kg lighter), being rear-wheel drive means the RWS has less traction than its four-wheel-drive counterpart.

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It's not known if a rear-wheel drive R8 will offer the same amount of power as its all-paw brother or, like the Lambo, come with the wick turned down.

The new limited-edition R8 V10 RWS is apparently aimed at "purists", according to Audi Sport GmbH boss Stephan Winkelman. In the regular R8, the naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine makes 532 horsepower, however that figure climbs to 602 horsepower in the uprated V10 Plus. Audi quotes 0-60 miles per hour times of 3.7 seconds for the coupe and 3.8 seconds for the Spyder, both of which are about 0.2 second behind the quattro versions. The combination of Dynamic mode and Sport ESC now allows the driver to produce controlled drifts.

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The R8 V10 RWS gets some matte black elements around the exterior, including the grille and the air intake. The ESC only intervenes on the limit.

Audi says the R8 V10 RWS is the company's first production model with rear-drive as a limited edition, and it will build just 999 examples, with a mix of coupe and convertible Spyder variants. Red stripes similar to the one on the R8 LMS GT 4 are available as an option. They feature a five-spoke V-design and come fitted with 245/35 tires up front and 295/35 at the rear.

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Inside, leather and Alcantara suede fabric seats are standard and a plaque above the glovebox informs those who read it that the R8 RWS is "1 of 999" cars. Deliveries are expected to start in 2018 with customers paying 140,000 euros for the Coupe and 153,000 euros for the Spyder.

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