RE: Rear-drive R8 returns as 'RWD' series run model

RE: Rear-drive R8 returns as 'RWD' series run model

Thursday 7th November

Rear-drive R8 returns as 'RWD' series model

Audi's V10 supercar sheds 65kg and gets new drift mode - plus a lower starting price



Audi has finally tended to the needs of oversteer enthusiasts everywhere, returning the rear-wheel drive version of its R8 to production. Even better, it's here without a limit on build numbers this time around, meaning the appropriately named R8 RWD ought to be a whole lot more accessible than the old special-edition RWS. Lovers of instantaneous throttle adjustability, 540hp V10s and rear-wheel power rejoice.

In fact, Audi has gone a step further by giving its 5.2-litre midship R8 RWD a new, less intrusive stability control system, one said to allow for "controlled drifting". That comes in addition to the natural benefits of a two-wheel drive car, including the shedding of 65kg from the front axle and a sweet 40:60 weight distribution. The Spyder isn't far off that, either, with 55kg lost from its nose, meaning both variants ought to offer the sort of improvement to steering response that made the R8 RWS such a hero.


When both body styles launch together in Europe at the start of 2020, they'll do so with a few subtle aesthetic changes to signal their rear-drive status. There's a lightly tweaked grille, broader front splitter and raised twin exhaust tailpipes, while the Audi badges are black and there are matching 19-inch forged wheels as standard (20s remain an option). Although we suspect the oversteer will provide the best evidence that this is indeed an R8 RWD and not the glued-down Quattro.

Despite the enhanced exoticness of this 'purer' rear-drive format, Audi has refrained from cashing in on demand, maintaining that the R8 RWD has a starting price which undercuts that of the regular Quattro model. In Germany, this will see it start from €144,000 for the coupe and €157,000 for the Spyder, presently equivalent to Β£124k and Β£135k respectively. Still, even though production is now unlimited, something tells us you shouldn't hang about if you want one in good time.

Search for an R8 RWS here.






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SFO

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4,700 posts

130 months

Wednesday 6th November
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excellent news!

Trevor555

1,310 posts

31 months

Wednesday 6th November
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Well done Audi.

Keeping noisy sports cars alive just a bit longer before they all go electric.

Dave Hedgehog

11,686 posts

151 months

Wednesday 6th November
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just needs a 6 speed manual now smile

wab172uk

1,453 posts

174 months

Wednesday 6th November
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Dave Hedgehog said:
just needs a 6 speed manual now smile
Agree. driving

Leftfootwonder

37 posts

5 months

Wednesday 6th November
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Man that looks good in silver! I do wish they'd smooth off some of those edges just a little bit though.

rosino

1,220 posts

119 months

Wednesday 6th November
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Not hang about ? At 125k for an audi? Pretty sure there’s not going to be any queues at Audi dealers. Time to wake up and smell the coffee, supercars are not selling.

And for 125k before options a used 458 would be a much much safer place to place your money. Buy from a dealer, 2 yr warranty. Job done.

The musical chair music has stopped. No point pretending otherwise.

HokumPokum

1,695 posts

152 months

Wednesday 6th November
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still expensive. what hp?

Leftfootwonder

37 posts

5 months

Wednesday 6th November
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rosino said:
Not hang about ? At 125k for an audi? Pretty sure there’s not going to be any queues at Audi dealers. Time to wake up and smell the coffee, supercars are not selling.

And for 125k before options a used 458 would be a much much safer place to place your money. Buy from a dealer, 2 yr warranty. Job done.

The musical chair music has stopped. No point pretending otherwise.
I'm assuming you're on this site becuase you like cars? These cars should be celebrated! What would you prefer, some crappy soulless electric car instead!? Well done Audi!

redroadster

1,017 posts

179 months

Wednesday 6th November
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This over a 570 mcclaren any day .

DaveH23

2,544 posts

117 months

Wednesday 6th November
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Was I the only one who thought these were already RWD?

Barry Homo

2,330 posts

109 months

Wednesday 6th November
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I absolutely love the idea of this.
Can't help but think the facelift has been battered with the ugly stick though! Too much going on for my tastes.

iphonedyou

7,596 posts

104 months

Wednesday 6th November
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rosino said:
Not hang about ? At 125k for an audi? Pretty sure there’s not going to be any queues at Audi dealers. Time to wake up and smell the coffee, supercars are not selling.

And for 125k before options a used 458 would be a much much safer place to place your money. Buy from a dealer, 2 yr warranty. Job done.

The musical chair music has stopped. No point pretending otherwise.
Not a great idea if you're looking to spend £125k on a new Audi R8 though, is it?

May as well suggest sticking it in a tracker fund. That's about as relevant.

MyV10goesWhaaa

301 posts

40 months

Wednesday 6th November
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clap

FA57REN

131 posts

2 months

Wednesday 6th November
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Leftfootwonder said:
I'm assuming you're on this site becuase you like cars? These cars should be celebrated! What would you prefer, some crappy soulless electric car instead!? Well done Audi!
I don't know, building an amazing supercar for £125k doesn't seem worth celebrating, particularly. It's fairly irrelevant in the grand scheme. It's the automotive equivalent of a dick-waving competition.

Now if they produced something like a GT86 and sold it for entry-level Golf money, that'd be worth celebrating.

nickfrog

10,489 posts

164 months

Wednesday 6th November
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This place can be depressing sometimes. A very tough crowd. There is always something wrong with stuff that people aren't even in the market for. I am not either but it's great that a manufactures steps outside of their comfort zone.

I am sure there is market for this, it seems sensibly priced actually for what you get.

Leftfootwonder

37 posts

5 months

Wednesday 6th November
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FA57REN said:
I don't know, building an amazing supercar for £125k doesn't seem worth celebrating, particularly. It's fairly irrelevant in the grand scheme. It's the automotive equivalent of a dick-waving competition.

Now if they produced something like a GT86 and sold it for entry-level Golf money, that'd be worth celebrating.
Isn't that called a TT?

Julian Thompson

1,188 posts

185 months

Wednesday 6th November
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Woo that’s absolutely fabulous. This over a new 911 any day of the week for me!

cypriot

316 posts

46 months

Wednesday 6th November
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wow. Rear wheel drive, NA v10, and not limited. And yet people are still complaining... Well done audi for making this, and I hope they sell enough to keep the enthusiast side of things alive.

rosino

1,220 posts

119 months

Wednesday 6th November
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iphonedyou said:
Not a great idea if you're looking to spend £125k on a new Audi R8 though, is it?

May as well suggest sticking it in a tracker fund. That's about as relevant.
My point is that if they are suggesting the cars are going to sell out fast is simply just not true.. and car might be nice and all that but 125k ticket price is just very very high - for that kind of money there's a lot of exotica out there, and a 458 is going to be a bit more exciting to drive than a tracker fund

that doesn't take away the fact the idea of a RWD is a nice one and a n/a v10 is a wonderful thing. just not sold on the fact they will go like hotcakes, but i am sure a lot of youtubers and finance can do wonders to prove me wrong.

BigChiefmuffinAgain

182 posts

45 months

Wednesday 6th November
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The R8 seems to be a bit of a forgotten supercar. Maybe it's just me, but I hardly ever see them, and, price wise, it seems a bit over it's head at this level.

Sort of thought the original V8 R8 was the right way for Audi to be going - they really have to have an offering which is well south of £100k.....