Performance RWD: Audi R8 V10 – rear-wheel drive and more power

With the discontinuation of the basic versions of the R8 V10, Ingolstadt is now concentrating on just one power model: the R8 V10 RWD. It should not only lure wealthy customers with its 570 hp. There are a few other accessories that should make you want to ride the bolide.

Audi is launching the rear-wheel drive variant (RWD) of its mid-engine sports car R8 in a more powerful performance version at the end of October. At the same time, the previous basic versions R8 V10 Quattro and R8 V10 RWD are no longer available.

With a starting price of 149,000 euros, the R8 V10 RWD remains a dream car for many.

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The new performance variant with rear-wheel drive has an output of 570 hp and a maximum torque of 550 Newton meters on the rear wheels. The prices for the coupé start at 149,000 euros, for the Spyder the Ingolstadt-based company is calling for 162,000 euros.

Faster and with controlled drift

Compared to the previously available RWD versions, the output of the 5.2-liter V10 engine has increased by 30 hp. However, this does not affect the sprint times: As before, it takes 3.7 or 3.8 seconds (Spyder) until the 100 mark falls. At 329 and 327 km / h, however, the top speed has increased by 5 km / h in both cases.

As expected, the interior of the Audi R8 V10 RWD has a noble sportiness.

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The drive is coupled to a 7-speed S-Tronic and a mechanical limited-slip differential, which should ensure sufficient traction even on wet roads. As a little fun addition, the ESC should allow controlled drifts in sport mode.

For the first time, Audi is offering new features for the RWD versions, such as dynamic steering for a more direct driving experience. Bucket or sports seats with leather and Alcantara covers as well as cup tires in the format 245/30 R20 and 305/30 R20 are also available. As an alternative to the 18-inch steel brakes in wave design, 19-inch ceramic stoppers can be ordered for the new RWD-R8.