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Audi Sport is extending its R8 model series to include a new derivative with rear-wheel drive. The Audi R8 V10 RWS comes in a limited series of 999 units with both Coupé and Spyder variants. It will be rear-driven and be built exclusively by hand at the R8 factory in Böllinger Höfe, Germany.
“The R8 V10 RWS is made for purists,” said Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport. “A limited-edition special model for customers with an appreciation for essential driving enjoyment, the R8 V10 RWS is an absolutely exclusive offer. With its mid-mounted V10 engine and rear-wheel drive, it successfully brings the driving concept of our R8 LMS racing car to the streets.”
The mid-mounted V-10 engine of the Audi R8 V-10 RWS produces 540 horsepower. It delivers its peak torque of 398.3 lb-ft at 6,500 rpm. The 5.2 FSI engine accelerates the coupé from zero to 62.1 mph in 3.7 seconds to a top speed of 198.8 mph.
With the top closed, average fuel consumption of the R8 V10 RWS is 19 mpg. With the top open, the car gets 18.7 mpg.
Matte Black Design Elements
The character of the new R8 variant is underscored by the matte black grille of the singleframe and the matte black air apertures at the front and rear of the car. The upper side blade of the coupé is finished in gloss black, the lower blade in the body color. Similar to the R8 LMS GT 4, the coupé is available with an optional red film running over the hood, roof and rear end.
Inside, the driver and passenger sit in sport seats covered in leather and Alcantara. Bucket seats are available as an option.
The coupé weights 3,505.3 pounds without the driver. The Spyder 88.2-pounds lighter than the R8 Spyder V-10, weighing in at 3,703.8 pounds without the driver. The axle load distribution of 40.6:59.4 for the coupé and 40.4:59.6 for the Spyder.
The chassis setup and control systems allow controlled drifts if the driver chooses dynamic mode in the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system and sets the Stabilization Control ESC to Sport. The ESC intervenes reliably at the limit. The electromechanical power steering is completely free of torque steer and enables precise handling.
he Audi R8 V10 RWS rolls standard on black-finished, 19-inch, cast aluminum wheels in a five-spoke V-design, with 245/35 tires up front and 295/35 at the rear.
The Audi R8 V10 RWS will be available for order in Germany and other european countries from fall 2017, and the first units will hit the streets in the beginning of 2018. The Coupé starts at 140,000 euros, the Spyder at 153,000 euros.