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Audi R8 V10 RWS – getting rid of Quattro for all the right reasons

Posted September 15, 2017

Supercars were so simple some time ago. Mid-mounted powerful engine, exotic styling, rear-wheel drive, manual gearbox and all the fun you can have in the world. Nowadays they are a little bit different. For a long time you couldn‘t even buy a rear-drive Audi R8, but now Audi Sport division surprised motorists with a car for purists. Or at least they say so.

You can get your R8 V10 RWS with a red stripe, similar to the R8 LMS GT 4. Image credit: Audi

For us a purist car would have a manual gearbox, but that is impossible because of the structure of the car – there is no space for three pedals. However, R8 V10 RWS is not that far off – it does have rear-wheel drive system, which is designed to bring the feeling of R8 LMS racing car to the streets. One of the main benefits of rear-wheel drive system is always that little bit of slip you get in the corners. Audi knows that and therefore setup the chassis of the R8 V10 RWS to allow controlled drifts in the “dynamic” mode.

With Dynamic mode engaged and stability control set to Sport, R8 V10 RWS will happily step out its tail as the driver wants. However, clever systems are not going to allow getting yourself in trouble – they will look after the drift angle making sure that you’re not going to spin out of control.

Matt black grills will help the RWS model stand out from the standard R8 crowd. Image credit: Audi

Getting rid of Quattro all-wheel drive system actually saves some weight – coupe version of the R8 V10 RWS is 50 kg lighter than its standard companion. All this should mean that the car will behave in a more engaging way and will be just that little bit faster. Automotive journalists think that it will be more playful in a way and will remind a hard-core racing car a little bit more. Obviously, it needed some visual clues to differentiate it from the standard Quattro models.

Audi thinks that some matt black parts are going to make the R8 V10 RWS stand out from the supercar line-up. It has matt grill and matt black air apertures at the front and rear of the car. Sideblade colours are now different – the lower one is the body colour and the top one is now black. Inside you would find the usual sports seats, which you can upgrade to bucket seats. There will also be a plaque “1 of 999,” indicating the limited number of units. Yup, there will only be 999 R8 V10 RWS.

Interior really doesn’t look any different, but that is not a bad thing. Image credit: Audi

So now let’s talk about speed. R8 V10 RWS is going to be powered by 5.2 litre V10 engine, making 397 kW (540 hp) and 540 Nm of torque. This will allow the coupe version accelerate to a 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds, while the Spyder will reach this speed in 3.8 seconds. Top speed of the coupe is 320 km/h and of the Spyder  – 318 km/h.

R8 V10 RWS is very fast and fun in corners. There is a slight problem of 140,000 euros, but maybe if you start saving now you will have this much money by this autumn when the Audi R8 V10 RWS is going on sale.


Source: Audi

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