New Audi R8 V10 RWS: Go Rear-Drive And Save Yourself $26,200 Over AWD Model

Audi introduced the R8 V10 RWS last fall and the automaker has revealed the model will become the most affordable R8 when it lands in the United States later this year.

While the exact launch timing remains unclear, Automobile says the R8 RWS will be priced from $139,950. That’s significantly less than the standard model which starts at $166,150 and climbs to $195,650 for the V10 Plus variant.

Despite costing $26,200 less than the standard model, there aren’t that many tradeoffs as the R8 RWS features the same naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine that produces 540 PS (397 kW) and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque.

It is connected to a seven-speed S tronic transmission which sends power to the rear wheels. This enables the coupe to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.7 seconds before hitting a top speed of 320 km/h (198 mph).

It’s lighter on the scales

Thanks the elimination of quattro all-wheel drive, the R8 RWS coupe weighs 1,590 kg (3,505 lbs). This is 50 kg (110 lbs) less than the standard model as it eschews a cardan shaft, a multi-plate clutch and a front-axle differential.

Despite being lighter than the standard car, the R8 RWS is actually slower as it doesn’t have the grip of all-wheel drive. For comparison, the all-wheel drive variant runs from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.5 seconds but has the same top speed.

On the styling front, there isn’t much to report as the R8 RWS is virtually identical to the standard model. However, it has matte and gloss black accents and can be equipped with an optional Misano Red racing stripe that is meant to recall the R8 LMS GT4.

Inside, drivers will find leather and Alcantara sport seats as well as an individually-numbered dashboard plaque.

How many are coming to the States?

All and all, the R10 RWS looks like a bit of a bargain but it might be hard to get your hands on one as only 320 units are coming to the United States.

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  • Autoexperte

    Lexus LFA engine

  • Honda NSX-R

    That’s even better news!

  • LWOAP

    “All and all, the R10 RWS looks like a bit of a bargain but it will be hard to get your hands on one as all 320 units coming to the United States are already spoken for.”

    Fixed it.

  • eb110americana

    It would be interesting to see some comparison tests of back-to-basics sports cars like this and the 911 R or GT3. Some sibling rivalry from a Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2 should suffice. Maybe a version of the Corvette–although with a manual and no dual-clutch, AWD, or turbo or hybrid boost, the Corvette has remained a largely analogue affair, so there isn’t much to “go back” on (keeping in mind that Magneride, e-Diff, multi-stage track stability control that actually works, run-flat tires, and a HUD are all technologies the Corvette had first). Maybe the Grand Sport, as it keeps things NA, but aims for grip and consistent track performance. Any others I missed?

  • ErnieB

    Sooo this is the one to get

  • I wonder if Audi will eventually offered RWD as a regular option.

  • Balcis

    50kg is nothing a a wight from rwd to awd imho. I sometimes gain myself a clear 15kg’s, so a good diet for 3 people almos could effort that much.

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