Back in 2017, Audi released a limited edition version of their flagship sports car called the R8 RWS. What made it truly special from other R8's was the fact that it was rear-wheel drive, and only 999 units were sold worldwide. For the 2020 model year, the rear-wheel drive R8 returns, but this time it's as a permanent option. Furthermore, it is available both as a coupe and a spyder.

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Now called the R8 RWD, it is based on the facelifted version of Audi’s flagship supercar. As such, it features the newer, more aggressive front end with larger air intakes. At the rear, there are larger circular exhausts and bigger cooling ducts that sit below the taillights. Completing the makeover is the new diffuser and restyled wheels. To distinguish the RWD version from the standard AWD version, the tail-happy variant has the top sideblades painted in black while the bottom one is finished in the body color. It also comes with a new color called Kemora Gray. Changing the trim pieces to gloss black is also available as an option.

Rear-wheel drive Audi R8 returns as new entry-level variant image

Under the hood, the R8 RWD continues to use Audi’s 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10. It cranks out 540 PS and 540 Nm torque and paired to a seven-speed S-Tronic transmission. Rather than Quattro all-wheel drive, power is sent only to the rear axles which come with a mechanical locking differential. Noticeably, the R8 RWD is less powerful than the facelifted R8 Coupe.

Rear-wheel drive Audi R8 returns as new entry-level variant image

Despite being a bit down on power, the RWD setup allows the R8 to go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 320 km/h. This is thanks to the weight savings made by ditching the Quattro all-wheel drive setup. The R8 V10 RWD is around 65 kg lighter than the equivalent R8 V10.

Rear-wheel drive Audi R8 returns as new entry-level variant image

Aside from being rear-wheel drive, there is another benefit of the R8 RWD. In Europe, the R8 RWD is around 22,000 EUR (Php 1.23 million) cheaper than its Quattro counterpart starting at 144,000 EUR (Php 8.05 million). Hopefully, this cheaper rear-wheel drive version makes its way to our country in the future.