The R8 RWS Is Audi's First Rear-Wheel Drive Supercar

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The R8 V10 RWS will get a matt black singleframe grille with matt black air apertures at the front and rear of the auto.

The R8 RWS will go on sale in Europe imminently and is priced from €140,000, which is €26,000 less than the R8 quattro costs in Germany. Smoke pours from the rear tyres as it dances to the music, suggesting that it's rocking a rear-wheel drive powertrain.

"The R8 V10 RWS is made for purists", said Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH. It is strictly limited to 999 units in both Coupe and Spyder varients. In the regular R8, the naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine makes 532 horsepower, however that figure climbs to 602 horsepower in the uprated V10 Plus. Without the pieces for the quattro system (propshaft, multi-plate clutch, and center differential), the coupe weighs 110 pounds less than its AWD sibling and the Spyder weighs 88 pounds less.

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Between the rear-drive layout and the car's control systems, the R8 will be able to perform controlled drifts.

One bigger difference is that putting the auto in Dynamic Mode and turning the ESC to Sport may as well be called Drift Mode, as the RWS will allow controlled slides in that setting. The upper sideblade of the Coupé is also finished in gloss black while the lower blade is finished in body color. Red stripes similar to the one on the R8 LMS GT 4 are available as an option. Inside, the driver and passenger get sport seats covered in leather and Alcantara. They feature a five-spoke V-design and come fitted with 245/35 tires up front and 295/35 at the rear.

The Audi R8 V10 RWS gets black-painted, 19-inch, cast aluminum wheels as standard. Pricing hasn't been announced for the USA market yet, but expect it to be a significant undercut to our quattro version here as well.

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