Rear-wheel-drive Audi R8 RWS announced

2017 Frankfurt Motor Show Rear-drive Audi R8 RWS now a reality

The Audi R8 V10 RWS is described by Stephan Winkelmann as "made for purists", said to bring "the driving concept of our R8 LMS racing vehicle to the streets".

Audi Sport launches a new lightweight version of the R8 V-10 that eschews the all-wheel-drive quattro system of the standard model for a new rear-wheel-drive setup mirroring that of the automaker's R8 LMS race auto. It rides on standard 19-inch wheels shod with 245/35 front and 295/35 rear tyres.

Audi is touting the RWS as a "purist" driving vehicle compared with its all-paw siblings, where the "chassis and handling tuning specially adapted for rear-wheel drive provide for incredibly fun driving".

Audi is hoping to emulate the driving style of its rear-drive R8 GT3 racecar with the limited-edition RWS.

Power continues to come from the 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 engine that makes about 538 bhp and 540 Nm of peak torque.

The special supercar will be limited to just 999 units for both coupe and Spyder variants. First it was Mercedes-AMG with its Project One and now it's Audi.

Just 999 units will be made on the same German line as the all-wheel-drive R8 with both coupe and spyder variants available
Just 999 units will be made on the same German line as the all-wheel-drive R8 with both coupe and spyder variants available

Marking the RWS out over the regular R8 V10 are a matt black grille matching air intakes and the lower sideblade in a body colour.

The R8's sister auto, the Lamborghini Huracan, has been available in rear-wheel-drive LP 580-2 format for some time, but Audi has previously resisted the temptation to build a similar model - although a rear-wheel drive R8 LMS GT3 race vehicle is offered to customers with the money and desire to go racing.

The Audi R8 V10 RWS will go on sale in the United Kingdom on September 15, with an on-the-road price of £110,000. To do so, the driver must chose the Dynamic mode in the Audi drive select system and the Sport mode in the stability control system.

The rear-wheel operated R8 V10 will be making its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this week and we will update here with the full information on the vehicle.

Although the new variant is lighter the lack of mechanical grip sees the RWS coupe fall behind the R8 V10 quattro in outright acceleration, taking 1.7 seconds to bolt from 0-100 km/h putting it 0.1 seconds behind the all wheel drive coupe.

Inside, the standard sport seats are covered in leather and Alcantara, but a pair of racing bucket seats are offered as an option. It will be limited to only 999 units.

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