When Audi first revealed that it would be making a rear-wheel drive R8, we didn’t know what to think. On one hand, it seemed awesome, for the ability to do big skids in an R8. On the other hand, it felt weird to think of an Audi powering only its rear wheels. However, it turns out that the Audi R8 RWS (Rear-Wheel Series) is far more of the former than the latter. In fact, we’ve heard that it could be the best version of the R8 ever. What’s even better is it’s cheaper, too.
We were worried that Audi might go the Porsche route and charge more for a car with less stuff, especially considering the R8 RWS is a very limited-run model. Not the case, though. Pricing for the Audi R8 RWS has just been revealed and it costs $138,700, which is a whopping $26,200 cheaper than the standard Audi R8 V10 Quattro. Which is shocking, considering the only thing the RWS loses is its ability to power the front wheels.
Aside from dropping the front driveshaft, center Torsen diff and axles, the Audi R8 RWS is essentially the same as the standard R8 V10. It still has the same 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 with 540 hp, the same seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the same lovely interior and technology and every bit of comfort and luxury as the standard car. So basically, the standard R8 V10 charges you almost $30k for a driveshaft, a diff and two axles. Makes the standard car seem like a crap deal.
Unfortunately, the Audi R8 RWS is limited to just 999 units, all of which we assume are sold out. So you likely can’t buy one anyway. Still, it’s nice to know that Audi charges you appropriately for taking stuff out of the car unlike other companies. Listening Porsche?