The Rear-Wheel Drive Audi R8 V10 RWD is here to stay

Last year, Audi showed off an interesting car, the R8 RWS, which was the first-ever rear-wheel drive car for the brand. It caused quite a stir and a lot of enthusiasts were incredibly excited about it. However, Audi only made a handful of them, making the RWS quite the rare car. Now, though, it seems the zee Germans have decided to make it a regular part of the R8 lineup, rather than just making it a limited-run special edition. So now we have the Audi R8 V10 RWD.


This new Audi R8 V10 RWD will get all of the same mechanical and visual changes that the R8 Quattro facelift did. The only difference being that it will be rear-wheel drive instead of all-wheel drive. Aside from that, the only major difference between the R8 RWD and the standard car is the fact that the former won’t come with a more powerful “Performance” variant.

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So the Audi R8 V10 RWD will only get the standard 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 with 532 hp (540 PS) and 398 lb-ft of torque. It will obviously still get the brand’s seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and Audi claims 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds. So it’s a bit slower than the standard Quattro-equipped R8 but, at that point, who really cares?


As far as visuals go, this new R8 won’t separate itself too much from the standard car but it will have some unique touches. For instance, the top part of the car’s doorblades are painted gloss black while the bottom parts are body color.

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It’s also a bit broader in its design up front, including the air inlets and front splitter. There are some new wheels to go with it, too. Overall, though, it looks pretty much the same as the Quattro R8 but that’s no bad thing at all.


On the inside, some “RWD” badging reminds you that you’re in something special. However, the rest of the cabin is pretty much the same. Again, not such a bad thing.


There will be two models; the Audi R8 V10 RWD Coupe and Spyder, the latter of which being a convertible.


Thanks to ditching the front half of the R8’s drivetrain, the Audi R8 V10 RWD is actually 143 lbs lighter than the Quattro car. That drops its curb weight to 3,516 lbs. While that’s not exactly a feather weight, it’s not bad considering it has almost 540 hp. It also has a better weight distribution than the all-wheel drive R8, with a 40:60 front-to-rear weight distribution.

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The new Audi R8 V10 RWD will be built mostly by hand at the “Böllinger Höfe” plant in Germany. When it goes on sale, it will start at €144,000 and the Spyder model will cost €157,000.

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.