Audi R8 V10 RWS
Audi R8 goes rear-wheel drive
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