VIDEO: Joe Achilles Drives the Audi R8 V10 Performance RWD

Audi is giving the R8 a proper sendoff, with several exciting new models on the way. The first of which is the Performance variant of the R8 V10 RWD — the rear-wheel drive version. It’s hard to not be excited by such a car, as it packs more power and some cooler looks, along with the spicier rear-wheel drive drivetrain. While we still have to wait a bit to drive it here in the US, some members of the UK media had the chance to and this new video review of the Audi R8 V10 Performance RWD comes from Joe Achilles.


Achilles, that lucky bastard, had the chance to drive the new Audi R8 V10 Performance RWD in Gran Canaria, an island off the coast of Spain. Of course, it’s beautiful there, even in December, and he was able to drive both the Coupe and Spyder versions of the rear-wheel drive R8 Performance.

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To be honest, I’m mostly interested in the latter. He drove the former, the hardtop coupe, on track and we all know that the R8 is going to be great on track, even with just rear-wheel drive. However, it’s never going to be Porsche 911 GT3-sharp on track, despite costing around the same money. But you don’t buy an R8 for its track capabilities. You buy an R8 because it’s a blast to drive on the road and that’s never been more evident that in this new video, with Achilles having some fun on gorgeous, sunny, Gran Canarian mountain roads.

The Spyder is the one to have, and it doesn’t matter if you live in a warm weather climate or not. Drop the top and listen to that sensational 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 engine. It now makes 562 horsepower but, honestly, it doesn’t matter. The only things that matter are its spine-tingling exhaust/induction noise, its razor-sharp throttle response, and its ability to rev cleanly and willingly past 8,000 rpm. There are few engines on the planet as good to use as the R8’s V10.

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Sadly, it’s going away soon. With Audi’s recent push for electrification, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that a big, thirsty V10 is going the way of the Dodo. Whatever replaces the R8 will almost certainly be fully-electric. While I’m not as down on that as other enthusiasts, as I think an electric supercar from Audi would be cool, there’s no denying the fact that the world is a better place with Audi’s V10 in it. Watch this video and you’ll see — and hear — why.


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.