Audi R8 V10 RWS debuts with rear-wheel drive

Audi R8 V10 RWS debuts with rear-wheel drive”

The naturally aspirated V10 remains in place, but the Quattro system has been ditched in favor of weight-saving RWD, bringing a good weight loss of 50 kilograms (110 pounds) for the coupe and 40 kg (88 lbs) for the droptop.

As an official, series production road vehicle, yes.

It's now been confirmed as the first road-going rear-wheel drive R8, called the R8 V10 RWS (Rear Wheel Series). And for those wishing to be reminded of their R8's rear-wheel drive credentials, there's a numbered plaque inside.

What does the RWS part stand for?

If the driver has activated the traffic jam pilot at the AI button on the center console, they can take their foot off the accelerator and their hands off the steering wheel for longer periods.

Not in the sense that fruitier examples of the Porsche 911 and Mercedes AMG GT have fancy electronically actuated, angle-adjusting rear axles, no. The R8 RWS, Winkelmann says, is "made for purists".

We don't know much about the rumored RWD R8, but the lack of a rear wing on this auto leads us to believe it will be based on the standard R8 and not V10 Plus. Steady on, Audi, let's not get carried away. This means a power output of 533bhp and a torque figure of 540Nm, allowing for a 0-60mph time of 3.5 seconds in the coupe, and 3.6 seconds in the Spyder. The Coupe can reach a top speed of 199 miles per hour, while the Spyder maxes out at 198 miles per hour. The improvements are partly courtesy of a 50kg weight saving (compared to the all-wheel drive R8 Coupé). The Audi R8 V10 RWS Coupe starts at 140,000 euros and the Spyder at 153,000 euros. Anyway, not in so many words.

There are dynamic tweaks implemented to make the most of the of this R8's layout, Audi even speaking of "controlled drifts" thanks to the revised chassis set-up and driver aids. The ESC only intervenes on the limit. But you better get an order in now. Audi doesn't go into much detail, but it's nearly certain that it is a rear-wheel-driven version of the company's R8 supercar (above). The upper section of the car's so-called sideblade also is finished in high gloss black, with the lower section in body color - a treatment similar to that seen on the R8 LMS GT4.

The Audi R8 V10 RWS will be available in Germany and other nations on European soil starting from the Autumn Season of 2017.

When does the Audi R8 RWS go on sale and how much does it cost?

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