You can smoke your donuts from now on, because Audi Sport has recently outed during the ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show its first rear-wheel-drive model, the R8 V10 RWS.

The RWS moniker stands for Rear Wheel Series, so we can bet Audi Sport will forego the quattro panache in favor of a model range with performance-oriented rear wheel drive. As for the new R8 V10 RWS, the supercar’s new version is actually a special series, that will see just 999 units of the Coupe and Spyder versions being produced. The naturally aspirated V10 remains in place, but the Quattro system has been ditched in favor of weight-saving RWD, bringing a good weight loss of 50 kilograms (110 pounds) for the coupe and 40 kg (88 lbs) for the droptop. The performance figures also stay the same – the 5.2 FSI powerplant comes with 540 horsepower (397 kilowatts) and 540 Newton-meters (398 pound-feet) of torque.

Audi R8 RWS

While weight has been saved and you can engage in drifting shenanigans, the R8 RWS does lack the traction prowess of the Quattro version, so the sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) will be over in 3.7 seconds, which is two tenths of a second later. The Spyder needs 3.8 seconds, with the same difference to the AWD counterpart in place. Maximum speed has remained the same no matter the version – 198.8 mph (320 kph) for the coupe and 197.6 mph (318 kph) for the Spyder. Audi Sport also opted for some chassis and control systems differences for additional drift fun, and overall the price for the RWS is actually lower now. The Coupe starts at €140,000, the Spyder at €153,000 – both in Germany, a difference of €26,000 compared to the equivalent Quattro models.


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