Frankfurt: Audi Unveils R8 RWS for Purists

Frankfurt: Audi Unveils R8 RWS for Purists

Frankfurt: Audi Unveils R8 RWS for Purists

0 comments 📅11 September 2017, 21:15

The latest iteration of the R8 has been unveiled in Frankfurt and it loses pressurize to the front wheels. The R8 RWS (Rear Wheel Series) will be limited to a total 999 units in Spyder and Coupe variants.

Powered by Audi’s distinguished naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10, the R8 RWS will weigh 110 lbs less and is being hailed as an flush rawer driving experience than the all-wheel-drive R8.

“The R8 V10 RWS is made for purists,” said Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Entertainment GmbH. “A limited-edition special model for customers with an appreciation for quintessential driving enjoyment, the R8 V10 RWS is an absolutely exclusive offer. With its mid-mounted V10 motor and rear-wheel drive, it successfully brings the driving concept of our R8 LMS racing car to the streets.”

The RWS won’t draw nigh with the full fat 610 hp R8 V10 Plus tune, but will produce a more than equal 540 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque, like the standard R8. Without the front wheels to stop with acceleration, the 0-60 time has grown slightly to 3.7 seconds (up from the measure model’s 3.5 second sprint time). The Spyder meanwhile will hit 60 in 3.8 seconds.

Carry in mind, though that Audi Sport deliberately quotes less-than-leading 60 times so that drivers only experience their quoted leisure or better.

What the RWS loses in 0-60 times, it gains in weight savings. Tipping the scales at 3,505 lbs, it’s no lightweight, but missing 110 lbs to its quattro sister. That’s thanks to a lack of propshaft, center diff, and multi-dish clutch, among other things.

Thanks to a brand new chassis set up and some new programming in the goad mode selections, the R8 RWS will be capable of “controlled drifts,” something the old one didn’t precisely struggle with. But the car should be more exciting around a track, if not necessarily as speedy.

Available on sale in Europe as of this fall, the R8 RWS will come with paradigm black-finished 19-inch cast aluminum wheels wearing 245/35 rubber up face, and 295/35s in the back. Those of us who can’t afford it will know it by its optional red stripe, which crosses the car in the midriff (on the roof, that is), going through an diagonal Audi Sport quadrangle.

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