Automobile manufacturer Audi usually makes its cars Quattro all-wheel drive. Therefore, a rear-wheel drive vehicle from the company is quite unexpected. However, that is exactly what the company did with the rear-wheel drive Audi R8. This supercar is based on the R8 LMS racing car. However it brings all the qualities of that car to public streets. The result of this is the new Audi R8 V10 RWS.
Stephen Winkemann, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH, said of the vehicle:
“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.”
Of this very special new car, only 999 will be built. According to the company, there will be both Coupe and Spyder convertible variants. Each of these fast cars will have a mid-mounted 5.2-liter FSI V10 engine, which is good for 540 horsepower, just as is obtainable from the R8 V10 quattro. The Coupe version is expected to be able to go 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds, while the Spyder should be able to do that in 3.8 seconds. Top speed will be 198.8 mph in the Coupe and 197.6 mph in the Spyder.
Driving will surely feel different from the regular R8. The R8 V10 RWS pushes all of its power to its rear wheels. According to Audi, there are some real advantages to this setup. One of these is weight. The R8 V10 RWS weighs 3,505 pounds without the driver, which is more than 110 pounds lighter than the R8 V10 quattro.
This means that the new car has one ability that the old one doesn’t: the ability to drift. When you select Dynamic mode in the vehicle’s drive select drive handling systems, and switch the Stabilization Control ESC to Sport, you can do controlled drifts on the vehicle.
Orders for the Audi R8 V10 RWS will open later this year in Germany and other European countries. Deliveries are expected later. The Coupe will start at 140,000 euros, while the Spyder will start at 153,000 euros.