Audi Sport is bringing their rear-wheel drive version of the Audi R8 V10 to the region. The limited edition of 999 cars will be available in both Coupé and Spyder variants. The Audi R8 V10 RWS is 50 kgs lighter than the regular car.
“The Audi R8 V10 RWS successfully brings the drive concept of our R8 LMS GT4 racing car onto the road,” says Oliver Hoffmann, Head of Technical Development at Audi Sport GmbH. “The V10 engine is not just one of the last naturally aspirated engines in its segment, it is also used in racing with an almost identical construction to the mass-production model. We have only made minimal adjustments to comply with regulations.”
The car gets a slightly different visual treatment with the use of matte black on the grille and side air apertures, gloss black on the upper side blade and the optional red film coating on the hood, roof and rear.
Inside the dashboard bears an emblem “1 of 999,” indicating the limited number of units.
The mid-mounted V10 engine of the Audi R8 V10 RWS produces 397 kW (540 hp). It delivers its peak torque of 540 Nm at 6,500 rpm. The 5.2 FSI engine accelerates the Coupé from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds (Spyder: 3.8 seconds) and beyond to a top speed of 320 km/h (Spyder: 318 km/h ).
The Coupé weighs 1,509 kilograms (without driver). 50 kilograms less than the R8 Coupé with all-wheel drive which needs additional components like propshaft, multi-plate clutch and centre differential. The Spyder is 40 kilograms lighter than the R8 Spyder V10, weighing in at 1,680 kilograms (without driver). The axle load distribution of 40.6:59.4 (Coupé) and 40.4:59.6 (Spyder) together with chassis and handling tuning are specially adapted for rear-wheel drive.
The chassis setup and control systems allow controlled drifts if the driver chooses “dynamic” mode in the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system and sets the Stabilization Control ESC to “Sport”.
The Audi R8 V10 RWS rolls standard on black-finished, 19-inch, cast aluminium wheels in a five-spoke V-design, with 245/35 tires up front and 295/35 at the rear.
The R8 RWS will come to the Middle East Market beginning of April 2018.
R8 Coupe RWS V10 FSI S tronic (540 hp):
R8 Spyder RWS V10 FSI S tronic (540 hp):