As seen in the teaser video, the Audi R8 is seen performing a set of donuts suggesting that the model will come equipped as a rear wheel drive variant instead of the standard Quattro All Wheel Drive (AWD) system.
About 300 of the 2018 Audi R8 V10 RWS models will be available in the US later this year with pricing announced closer to its on sale date. Only 999 units will be made, with orders starting this fall. The new cars, will be hand-assembled at Audi's Böllinger Höfe R8 factory. It fires 533bhp at the 295/35 rear tyres and is good for sprints of 3,7 seconds and 3.8 seconds to 62mph, for the coupe and Spider respectively. Top speeds are untouched at 198 and 197mph. Audi Sport says the GT-spec R8 comes only I the rear wheel drive guise and the automaker is aiming to offer a more race auto like experience on road with its newest offering. Eschewing the quattro four-wheel drive system of the standard model the limited edition model is set-up similar to the R8 LMS race auto. The source of such (scandalous) rumors is Audi itself, which posted a video on its Instagram page showing a red-striped R8 painting the pavement in a way only a rear-wheel-drive vehicle can.
The chassis and steering system of the R8 V-10 RWS has been reworked in line with the switch to RWD. To do so, the driver must chose the Dynamic mode in the Audi drive select system and the Sport mode in the stability control system. The ESC only intervenes on the limit.
Is Audi really going to offer the R8 without its signature quattro all-wheel drive? The sideblades are also split in color, with the upper half being gloss black and the bottom half being body color. Buyers also can specify a visual package consisting of red stripes across the hood, roof and rear in the coupe. On the dashboard, there is a "1 of 999" badge to let your passenger know how rare your new German supercar is.
Unsurprisingly, given the extreme nature of the components on board, the engine is capable of pushing the Audi R8 V10 RWS from zero to a speed of 100km/h in just 3.7 seconds, which beats the 3.8 seconds achieved by the Spyder variant. Pricing hasn't been announced for the US market yet, but expect it to be a significant undercut to our quattro version here as well.