Audi Sport GmbH has launched its R8 V10 RWS and R8 Spyder V10 RWS sports cars, the newest additions to its R8 model line-up to include new derivatives with rear-wheel drive. The Audi R8 V10 RWS and R8 Spyder V10 RWS models will be limited to 999 units worldwide, and exclusively rear-driven (Rear Wheel Series). They will be built by hand at the R8 factory at Böllinger Höfe, Germany. The Audi R8 V10 RWS and R8 Spyder V10 RWS will be available to order in the UK from 15 September, 2017, the company noted.
The limited edition cars feature matt black grill, along with matt black air apertures at the front and rear. The upper side blade of the coupé is finished in gloss black, with the lower blade remaining in body colour. Similar to the R8 LMS GT 4, the coupé is available with an optional red strip running over the bonnet, roof and rear end. The interior features sport seats covered in leather and Alcantara for the driver and passenger, with bucket seats being offered as an option. The dashboard bears an emblem ‘1 of 999,’ indicating the limited number of units.
Both the super cars are powered by the same mid-mounted, V10, 5.2 FSI engine, which is claimed to be one of the last naturally-aspirated engines in its segment. The engine produces about 532 hp, with peak torque of 540 Nm at 6,500 rpm. The Audi R8 V10 RWS is said to be 50 kg lighter than R8 Coupé V10, while the Audi R8 Spyder V10 RWS is 40 kg lighter. This is mainly as a result of being rear-wheel driven, which does away with all-wheel drive components like propeller shaft, multi-plate clutch and centre differential.
The Audi R8 V10 RWS and R8 Spyder V10 RWS feature a specially-tuned chassis setup that allows controlled drifts, noted the company. This can be achieved by switching to the ‘dynamic’ driving mode, along with setting the Stabilisation Control ESC to ‘Sport.’ This enables the ESC to intervene reliably at the limit. The Audi R8 V10 RWS is fitted as standard with black-finished, 19-inch, cast aluminium wheels in a five-spoke V-design, with 245/35 tyres up front and 295/35 at the rear.
Stephan Winkelmann, CEO, Audi Sport GmbH, said the R8 V10 RWS is made for purists. With its mid-mounted V10 engine and rear-wheel drive, it successfully brings the driving concept of Audi’s R8 LMS racing car to the streets, he added.