Progression via agitation
The recent launch of the impressive ‘R8 RWS’ was something that instantly revealed what Audi means as a brand. It was bold and unexpected. It also aligned with the German marque’s longstanding strapline: ‘ Vorsprung Durch Technik’ (progress through technology). It was ultimately a loud and firm business statement – in the guise of an alluring and bonkers 5.2-litre V10 – and one that signalled the German marque could more than keep up with the historical supercar powers. “We’ve always been famous for our quattro all-wheel drive – we’re entrenched in that drivetrain,” says Sansom. “So for us to then come out with the RWS [rear wheel drive series], it was about showing our capabilities; that we’re more than comfortable pioneering. It was also about showing our main rivals, who we’ve long argued with about rear-wheel drive, that we can do it. And that we can do it bigger and better.”
With a top speed of 320 km/h, the ‘R8 RWS’ is limited to 999 units.