Spe­cial su­per­car pow­ers in

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Audi has re­vealed a lim­ited-edi­tion, rear-wheel-drive ver­sion of its R8 su­per­car at the Frank­furt Mo­tor Show.

The R8 V10 RWS – which stands for Rear Wheel Se­ries – is the first rear-wheel drive R8 pro­duced.

It will be avail­able in both coupe and Spy­der forms, with only 999 units be­ing made in to­tal. Power comes from the same 5.2-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V10 used in the top-of-the-range R8.

This means a power out­put of 533bhp and a torque fig­ure of 398lb/ft, al­low­ing for a 0-60mph time of 3.5 sec­onds in the coupe, and 3.6 sec­onds in the Spy­der. Both cars have a top speed just shy of 200mph.

With no Qu­at­tro all­wheel drive sys­tem in place, the R8 V10 RWS coupe is 50kg lighter than the stan­dard R8, at 1,590kg.

A re­vised chas­sis set-up and con­trol sys­tems al­low driv­ers to per­form “con­trolled drifts” when in the Dy­namic driv­ing mode and with the elec­tric sta­bil­i­sa­tion con­trol sys­tem set to Sport.

Styling-wise, the R8 RWS gains an op­tional red stripe that runs the length of the car, while a new matt black grille and air aper­tures have been added at the front and rear. The 19-inch cast alu­minium wheels are also fin­ished in black.

Stephan Winkel­mann, CEO of Audi Sport, said: “The R8 V10 RWS is made for purists. A lim­ited-edi­tion spe­cial model for cus­tomers with an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for es­sen­tial driv­ing en­joy­ment, the R8 V10 RWS is an ab­so­lutely ex­clu­sive of­fer.

“With its mid-mounted V10 engine and rear-wheel drive, it suc­cess­fully brings the driv­ing con­cept of our R8 LMS racing car to the streets.”

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