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THE first ever pro­duc­tion Audi with rear­wheel drive has been launched. Only 999 ex­am­ples of the R8 V10 RWS (Rear Wheel Se­ries) will be built – a mix of Spy­der and Coupé (above) vari­ants.

The mid-mounted 5.2-litre V10 de­vel­ops 532bhp and 540Nm of torque, and ac­cord­ing to Audi, that makes the new­comer ca­pa­ble of 0-62mph in 3.7 sec­onds – two tenths slower than the stan­dard four-wheeldrive R8. Around 50kg of weight has also been stripped out.

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