Audi welcomes to its R8 family the all-new R8 V10 RWD Coupe and Spyder after the successful, but limited, R8 V10 RWS.
At the beginning of 2018, Audi launched the R8 V10 RWS on the market. This limited series of 999 units were offered in both Coupe and Spyder variants.
Back then, the R8 RWS (which stands for Rear Wheel Series) was 50 kilograms (110.2 lb) lighter than the R8 V10 Coupe and was built as an R8 LMS GT 4 race car street variant.
Now, almost three years later, this limited series formed into a permanent addition in Audi’s R8 lineup.
“We launched a limited series of the Audi R8 V10 RWS at the beginning of 2018,” said Oliver Hoffmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “Its rear-wheel drive derived from the R8-LMS racing car, and the special dynamics sparked our customers’ enthusiasm right away. Now it will become part of the R8 family as a separate model, the R8 V10 RWD.”
The R8 V10 RWD is powered by the 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 engine producing 532 hp and 398.3 lb-ft of torque creating an intoxicating soundtrack. The 0-100 km/h is reached in 3.7 seconds in the Coupe while the Spyder variant reaches it in 3.8 on its way to a top speed of 318 km/h, or 2 km/h less than the Coupe.
The previous CEO of Audi Sport GmbH, Stephan Winkelmann, said it best, back in 2017 “The R8 V10 RWS is made for purists”. Since then, the German manufacturer’s vision hasn’t changed.
The all-new R8 V10 RWD has an axle load distribution of 40:60 and the Coupe tips the scale at 1,595 kilograms, which is 65 kilograms (143 lb) lighter than R8 quattro.
With production starting soon, the Audi R8 V10 RWD will hit the streets, in Europe, at the beginning of 2020.