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News The Audi R8 V10 Performance RWD: A Street-Legal LMS Racecar

The Audi R8 V10 Performance RWD: A Street-Legal LMS Racecar

The new R8 V10 Performance RWD will be the new base version of Audi’s supercar


  • Its naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 now produces 570 PS or 562 horsepower.

  • The Performance RWD will also get extra torque, available ceramic brakes, and more.

  • It will be available in both Coupé and Spyder configurations.


The Audi R8 has always been a serious supercar. With incredible, grip, power, and performance, not to mention sound, the R8 has also served as the base for many racecars including the LMS. By using 60% of the parts from the GT4, Audi has now created the R8 V10 Performance RWD.

Audi R8 V10 performance RWD | Photo: Audi

The Audi R8 RWD, already wild in its own right, is now even more hardcore thanks to a 30 PS (26 horsepower) bump in power and 10 extra newton meters (7 lb.-ft.) of torque. This power, sent to the rear mechanical limited-slip differential via the standard 7-gear S tronic transmission, sends the R8 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds (3.8 seconds for the Spyder) on its way to a top speed of 329 km/h (327 km/h for the Spyder).

“The Audi R8 V10 RWD really struck a chord with customers right from the start with its rear-wheel-drive derived from the R8 LMS racecar and its unfiltered dynamics. Now it has 30 PS and 10-newton meters more, taking the driving experience to a whole new level,” says Sebastian Grams, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH.

Audi R8 V10 performance RWD | Photo: Audi

Driving dynamic improvements to come courtesy of Audi’s Dynamic Steering now available for the first time. As well, the answers the question: Will it drift? When set in Sport Mode, the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC), the suspension setup and control systems will allow controlled drifts.

As stated, the new R8 V10 Performance RWD shares numerous components with the GT4 racecar. This includes the large matte black Singleframe radiator grille, front splitter, and more.

This unique Audi R8 is almost entirely assembled by hand at the “Böllinger Höfe” plant at the Audi location in Neckarsulm, Germany, the same place the LMS GT is put together.

Audi R8 V10 performance RWD | Photo: Audi

Audi R8 V10 performance RWD | Photo: Audi

Audi R8 V10 performance RWD | Photo: Audi

Audi R8 V10 performance RWD | Photo: Audi

Audi R8 V10 performance RWD | Photo: Audi

Audi R8 V10 performance RWD | Photo: Audi

Audi R8 V10 performance RWD | Photo: Audi

Audi R8 V10 performance RWD | Photo: Audi

Audi R8 V10 performance RWD | Photo: Audi

Audi R8 V10 performance RWD | Photo: Audi

Audi R8 V10 performance RWD | Photo: Audi

Audi R8 V10 performance RWD | Photo: Audi

Audi R8 V10 performance RWD | Photo: Audi

Audi R8 V10 performance RWD | Photo: Audi

Audi R8 V10 performance RWD | Photo: Audi

Audi R8 V10 performance RWD | Photo: Audi

Audi R8 V10 performance RWD | Photo: Audi

Audi R8 V10 performance RWD | Photo: Audi

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Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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