Since the early ’80s, Audi has made its bones with Quattro all-wheel drive. Driving four wheels to the pavement has been the selling point for every performance Audi since the original Ur Quattro rally car. However, the best version of Audi’s best modern car might actually not drive all four wheels at all. In fact, its best modern car might actually be rear-wheel drive — the Audi R8 RWD.
Previously, the rear-wheel drive version of the R8 was called the “RWS” (Rear-Wheel Series) and it was a very limited-production run in 2017. However, due to the success of that car, the Germans decided to add a regular production version of it to the newly facelifted R8 model line. Now, it’s called the Audi R8 RWD (simply, Rear-Wheel Drive) and it’s probably Audi’s best driving car at the moment.
According to this new review from Autocar, the R8 RWD is the better buy over the R8. When considering the fact that the R8 is the best-driving Audi, that would make the RWD version the absolute best.
It might seem at odds with the brand’s ethos to call a rear-wheel drive version of the R8 the best driving Audi of them all. However, the differences between the RWD version and the standard versions are shocking. For starters, the steering on the Audi R8 RWD is better, as there’s no corruption to the front axle due to pesky driveshafts and differentials. Also, the lack of weight helps it ride better. In fact, Autocar claims that the R8 RWD is one of the best riding supercars of them all.
There’s also the more playful demeanor it brings. So rather than the standard R8’s more serious, clinical behavior, the Audi R8 RWD is a bit more fun, a bit more of a laugh because it will wag its tail out whenever it’s called upon to do so. Stab the throttle and flick the wheel and the R8 RWD will slide around like a Porsche 911. Admittedly, it’s not the easiest car to hold a slide with but that level of learning curve is actually refreshing from the normally too-easy-to-drive-fast Audi.
If you’re looking for a supercar that you want to drive often, maybe even everyday, and don’t absolutely need all-wheel drive, the Audi R8 RWD should be at the top of your list. It’s an outstanding everyday supercar and the best driving Audi on the market.