When the Audi R8 RWS first hit the scene last year, it was a huge deal. Never before had Audi ever developed a rear-wheel drive car before and it’s first one ever would be a mid-engine supercar. Just that thought alone is awesome. The RWS (Rear Wheel Series) was supposed to be a limited run model, and it was, but its immense popularity and success were surprising, so Audi decided to make it a permanent variant of the new facelifted R8, now more appropriately named “RWD”. However, if you still want the original one, now’s your chance.
A 2018 Audi R8 V10 Coupe RWS has now gone up for auction on Bring-A-Trailer and it’s a special car. Only 320 R8 RWS models were brought to North America, making this extremely rare, so it should hold its value quite well. Especially when you consider the fact that a lot of the fans like the older, pre-facelift Audi R8’s looks better. So if you buy the new R8 RWD, which is no longer a limited-run car, you’re stuck with newer styling.
This specific car only has 4,300 miles on it, making it barely even broken in. It’s painted in Daytona Grey Pearl, features a red asymmetrical stripe and sports a red interior. Also included are 20″ black forged aluminum wheels which look much better than most of Audi’s current wheels, and a carbon fiber interior trim package. Overall, it’s a stunning car.
What makes the Audi R8 RWS so special is that there’s more to it than just its engine. The R8 as a whole is an incredible car but its standout is always its engine. The 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 is a masterpiece of a motor and makes the most incredible noises. However, in the R8 RWS, it’s also rear-wheel drive, which gives it a specialness that other R8s don’t have.
Sure, it makes less power than Quattro-equipped R8s, to the tune of 532 horsepower and 398 lb-ft, but that’s still a ton of power and it’s still seriously quick. The added benefit is smokey burnouts and tail-out oversteer in a mid-engine Audi supercar.
At the time of writing this, the auction just began, and there are still seven days left on it, yet it’s starting bid is $70,000. Expect this to be an expensive car but it could be worth it for the lucky buyer.