A new sportscar was launched today, the Audi R8 V10 RWD. Well, it’s not strictly new. Audi did produce a rear-wheel-only version of its V10 R8 in 2018, but that was a limited-edition version with just 999 units produced. This latest addition will be a full series production model.

Read our driving impression of the Audi RS4 Avant at this link.

For purists

There was obviously enough demand for Audi to add the rear-wheel-drive version to the R8 portfolio. The Audi R8 V10 RWD will be available in both hard-top and folding-roof body styles. There are a few distinct style cues to set this driver’s version apart from all-wheel-drive siblings.

The top of the side blade of the R8 V10 RWD is finished in glossy black, while the bottom blade is painted in the colour of the vehicle. The front blade, the side sill inserts and the diffuser are painted in gloss black as standard. As an option, the Audi rings and logo are painted in high-gloss black. Inside, the driver and passenger sit in sport seats covered in leather and Alcantara. A shiny badge with the “RWD” logo is fitted across from the front passenger.

Catch an Audi R8 drag race video featuring all the generations here.

V10 power

Under the engine cover of the Audi R8 V10 RWD is the familiar 5,2-litre V10. The naturally aspirated unit delivers 397 kW and at 6 500 r/min and maximum torque of 540 N.m. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and mechanical locking differential. Black 19-inch forged wheels with 245/35 tyres up front and 295/35 tyres at the rear are the final link in the power transmission chain.

Ditching the front-drive system has saved 65 kg on the Coupe and 55 kg for the Spyder. Audi says the two-wheel-drive variant will sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 3,7 seconds, and its top speed is 320 km/h.  Spyder is fractionally slower at 3,8 seconds and 318 km/h.