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Audi Sport has finally taken the path that Lamborghini did with its Huracan by launching the Audi R8 V10 RWS. In doing so the car is now available in a limited edition of 999 units with Coupé and Spyder versions. The car was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Moving to a dedicated rear-wheel drive arrangement allows Audi Sport to avoid the weight and complexity of their famed quattro, making for a lighter car and one that truly brings the joy of rear-wheel drive to the road.

Stephan Winkelmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport says, “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 car is styled to be visually distinct from the quattro versions with a matte black treatment of various external components, although the defining sideblade behind the door is now typified by a gloss black top half and body coloured lower segment. The Coupé can also be ordered with red panels, formed by a red film applied on the hood, roof and tail. This is meant to connect to the R8 LMS GT4 which the car’s nature evokes. You can also order the car with bucket seats for the race connect. And each car is delivered with a badging on the dashboard that indicates its sequence in the 999 special edition run.

The car is powered by the 5.2-litre V10 FSI engine rated at 540hp with an equally beefy 540Nm of torque with blistering figures for the coupé of 3.7 seconds to the standing hundred and a top speed of 320km/h. The Spyder is only marginally slower.

The car’s ESC is specially tuned for the rear-wheel only layout, allowing drift in the dynamic mode.

The Audi R8 V10 RWS gets standard 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.

The Audi R8 V10 RWS will be available for order in Germany and other European countries from autumn 2017. The Coupé starts at 140,000 euros and the Spyder at 153,000 euros.

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