When Audi first debuted a rear-wheel drive R8, the world was collectively both shocked and excited. Never before had Audi made a rear-wheel drive car, so its first one was exciting exciting. That it was an R8 was even better. We’ve heard a lot about this Audi R8 V10 RWS (Rear Wheel Series) and now it’s gone to Harry’s Garage to be tested yet again.
Harry Metcalfe, known for founding EVO Magazine, has both driven and owned several high-end exotic supercars. Everything from Ferraris to Lamborghinis to Porsches have graced his garage. So he knows a thing or two about high-performance supercars. So what does he think about the Audi R8 V10 RWS?
Well, he doesn’t seem to love it, actually. One of the largest criticisms of the R8 RWS has been that it really doesn’t feel any different from the all-wheel drive version. That’s because the R8’s Quattro all-wheel drive system is very rear bias and it’s more than willing to stick its tail out. And because the new R8 has pretty numb electric steering to begin with, the steering feel isn’t really any different.
Metcalfe does seem to like a few things about the Audi R8 V10 RWS, though. For starters, the engine. That 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 is a think of joy. It only has 540 hp in RWS-spec but it’s still a glorious engine with a simply baffling engine/exhaust note.
He also really seems to like how it handles and how easy it is to place. While its steering is too numb and too light for Metcalfe’s taste, he claims that you can point it and place it anywhere you’d like and it responds very well.
Although, there’s plenty he doesn’t like. As previously mentioned, the steering is too light and its suspension is too stiff. He also doesn’t like the fact that, while actually mid-engine, it doesn’t feel mid-engine from the inside.
All-in-all, Metcalfe likes the Audi R8 V10 RWS but doesn’t love it. If anything, it makes him miss the original Audi R8, which he claims had better steering, a better ride and better looks.