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Frankfurt 2017: Audi debuts first-ever rear-driven R8

Frankfurt 2017: Audi debuts first-ever rear-driven R8 image

Eric Tipan / Audi | September 12, 2017 11:11

New rear-wheel drive Audi R8 comes as a limited edition model

Audi Sport GmbH makes a bold step towards satisfying drivers who seek a more spirited drive with the launch of the new R8 V10 RWS (Rear Wheel Series).

“R8 V10 RWS successfully brings driving concept of our R8 LMS racing car to the streets,” said Stephan Winkelmann, Managing Director Audi Sport GmbH.

Without the all-wheel drive components, the RWS comes in lighter than R8 Coupé V10. The Spyder is 40 kilograms lighter and the Coupé weighs 50 kilograms lighter.

2017 Frankfurt: Audi debuts first-ever rear-driven R8

Only 999 limited edition units will be hand-built at the Böllinger Höfe R8 factory and it will be Audi's first ever production model with a rear-wheel drive layout.

A matte black grille of the Singleframe and the matte black air apertures at the front and rear highlight the new R8 V10 RWS, while the upper sideblade (Coupé only) comes in a glossy black finish and the lower blade in body color.

An optional red film running over the hood, roof and rear end will be made available on the Coupé.

2017 Frankfurt: Audi debuts first-ever rear-driven R8

The inside is typical of the R8, leather and Alcantara seats, but buyers have an option to get bucket sport seats. Setting it apart is the dashboard emblem '1 of 999' indicating the exclusitivity of the series.

It will sport a mid-mounted 5.2L FSI V10 engine that delivers 547 PS and 540 Nm of torque allowing it to 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds.

2017 Frankfurt: Audi debuts first-ever rear-driven R8

The specially tuned chassis combined with the reduced weight of the vehicle makes for better controlled drifts under 'dynamic' mode in the Audi drive select dynamic handling system with Stabilization Control ESC set to 'Sport'.

Black-finished, 19-inch, cast aluminum wheels in a five-spoke V-design with 245/35 tires up front and 295/35 at the rear will come standard on the Audi R8 V10 RWS.

2017 Frankfurt: Audi debuts first-ever rear-driven R8

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