Audi R8 V10 Performance RWD Rides Off Into the Sunset

The Audi R8 is going to be dearly missed when it’s gone. Sure, Audi will replace it with something more powerful, faster, and more capable but it will be all-electric. And that’s cool and all but nothing compares to the sound of the R8’s naturally-aspirated V10 screaming past 8,000 rpm. So as fast and impressive as the R8’s successor will be, we’re still going to shed a tear at the current car’s demise. Thankfully, Audi is letting the R8 ride off into the sunset with a few special models, one of which being this — the Audi R8 V10 Performance RWD.


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When Audi first launched the rear-wheel drive R8, fans were both shocked and elated. Audi’s never built a modern rear-wheel drive car, which made it quite the departure from the brand’s typical all-wheel drive ethos. A welcome departure but a departure nevertheless. Now, it comes as a Performance model, packing more power and better performance.


The R8’s 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 has been massaged to make 562 horsepower, up 30 horses from the non-Performance model. Its 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time dropped to 3.7 seconds (3.8 seconds for the Spyder) and its top speed is now 329 km/h (204 mph) and 327 km/h (203 mph) for the Spyder.


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To make sure the rear-drive version of the R8 Performance handles with more enthusiasm than the Quattro car, Audi has retuned the suspension to match its rear-drive layout. A mechanical limited-slip rear differential also helps put its power down properly.


It also gets lightweight cup wheels as an option, the previous R8 Performance Quatro-exclusive Ascari Blue paint, and the same R8 Performance design package as the Quattro car. The latter of which comes with carbon fiber trim and inlays, an Alcantara interior, and contrast stitching in Mercato Blue.


Pricing for the Audi R8 V10 Performance RWD starts at €149,000 for the Coupe and €162,000 for the Spyder. Orders for this new rear-drive R8 Performance begin October 21.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.