Unveiled: The Audi R8 V10 RWS

Frankfurt/Main, 12. September 2017

It is so far: Audi Sport at the IAA in 2017 in Frankfurt (14. - 24. September), the R8 V10 RWS revealed ... the first model of the brand with pure rear-wheel drive. Only 999 units of the Coupé and Spyder should arise. We tell you what the models are and what they should cost.

Less weight, lower acceleration

Under the hood, it remains in the naturally aspirated 5.2-Liter V10 with 540 HP and 540 Newton metres of torque. The Quattro drive flies out and makes room for a System that only supplies the rear wheels with drive power. Thus, the weight of the coupe drops the empty 50 kg, the Spyder is easier to 40 kilograms. Nevertheless, the driving performance can deteriorate a little: The model with the roof accelerates in 3.7 seconds (0.2 seconds slower than the all-wheel drive variant), from 0 to 100 km/h, the Topless Version takes 3.8 seconds (which is also a minus of 0.2 seconds). The coupe runs up to 320 km/h top speed, the Spyder is two km/h slower.

Winkelmann and controlled Drifts

Why the RWS now comes? "He is made for the purists," says Stephan Winkelmann, managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. "As a limited edition special model he, an estimate for the customer the extreme driving dynamics, an exclusive offer. With its V10 mid-engine and rear-wheel-drive brings the drive concept of our R8 LMS race car successfully on the street." The chassis Setup and the control systems should also allow controlled Drifts, if the driver in the standard driving dynamics system Audi drive select selects the mode "dynamic" and the ESC stability control to "Sport".

Optical characteristics in Detail

Recognizable the model in Matt black design elements, and the optional adhesive Film is Red in color. In the wheel wells seats as standard 19-inchers. In the interior the driver and passenger sport seats. These are upholstered with leather and Alcantara. On request, also bucket seats are available. The instrument panel bears an Emblem "1 of 999"; it indicates the limited number of pieces.

Market introduction and price

The Audi R8 V10 RWS is starting in the autumn of 2017 can be ordered – the first copies to come in the beginning of 2018 on the road. The coupe starts at € 140,000, the Spyder in the case of 153,000 euros. Thus, the rear-wheel-drive models are, respectively, 26,000 euros cheaper than the vehicles with Quattro.(ml)