Audi R8 V10 RWS

Audi R8 goes rear-wheel drive

Motor (Australia) - - THE NEWS -

ON THE face of it Audi’s de­ci­sion to delete the front drive­shafts from its R8 to cre­ate the V10 RWS isn’t par­tic­u­larly ground-break­ing.

After all, the R8’s sis­ter car, the Lam­borgh­ini Hu­ra­can, has ex­isted in rear-drive LP580-2 guise for some time now.

The R8 V10 RWS be­comes more sig­nif­i­cant when you con­sider it’s the first per­for­mance Audi to forgo four-wheel drive. All of a sud­den, the re­cent re­brand­ing from quat­tro to Audi Sport makes a lot more sense.

It’s a toe in the water ini­tially, Audi pro­duc­ing just 999 RWSs world­wide, across both Coupe and Spy­der, with a lim­ited num­ber (though po­ten­tially as many as 50) com­ing to Aus­tralia from March 2018 with a price tag in the re­gion of $400,000.

It’s pow­ered by the 397kW/540Nm ver­sion of Audi’s 5.2-litre atmo

V10, rather than the more pow­er­ful 449kW/560Nm ver­sion found in the R8 V10 Plus, but de­spite its trac­tion lim­i­ta­tions Audi claims the RWS

Coupe can hit 100km/h in 3.7sec and power on to 320km/h, with the Spy­der a tick be­hind on both counts at 3.8sec and 318km/h re­spec­tively.

Delet­ing the all-wheel drive sys­tem saves 50kg and Audi claims the ESP sys­tem is set up to al­low “con­trolled drifts” in Sport mode, while the steer­ing is “com­pletely free of torque steer”. Well, it would be, wouldn’t it, be­ing rear-wheel drive?

Audi Sport CEO Stephen Winkel­mann, for­merly of Lam­borgh­ini, de­scribes the R8 V10 RWS as “made for purists. A lim­it­ededi­tion for cus­tomers with an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for driv­ing. It brings the driv­ing con­cept of our R8 LMS rac­ing car to the streets.”

R8 V10 RWS iden­ti­fied by body colour side­blades; red rac­ing stripe is op­tional

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