Last year's limited-edition RWS has received a makeover and been welcomed into the R8 range as the RWD
6 November 2019

Audi has expanded its R8 line-up by making a rear-wheel-drive variant a full-time member for the first time.

The limited-edition V10 RWS was released in 2018 as the first ever rear-driven R8. That model comprises the basis of the new car, which is named the V10 RWD and will be available to order in the UK from January 2020.

The supercar, which will be available in both Coupé and Spyder forms, features several key changes from the limited-production RWS. Audi's signature front grille has been made broader and flatter, while the air inlets, front splitter and air outlet grille at the rear have been made wider.

Gloss black exterior trim now comes as standard, with the R8's top side blade receiving a dark gloss accent. Various other parts also gain black detailing. The Audi rings don't receive the black effect as standard, but this can be specified as an option. A carbon package is also on offer, while a more extensive black styling package is available on the Spyder.

The R8 RWD retains the same naturally aspirated V10 engine as the RWS, delivering 532bhp and 398lb ft. This is transferred to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

Pricing for the Coupé starts at €144,000 (£123,852) in Germany, while the Spyder costs from €157,000 (£135,025). Pricing for the UK is unconfirmed as yet.

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6 November 2019

Slowly slowly, Audi is discovering how to make proper cars. BTW The next A6 will be RWD!

6 November 2019

The R8 really has mutated into the most odd looking thing. It's a shame as the 1st gen was a really original, good-looking design IMHO.

6 November 2019
Digsy wrote:

The R8 really has mutated into the most odd looking thing. It's a shame as the 1st gen was a really original, good-looking design IMHO.

 

Funny I was thinking the exact same thing, and was about to say that when I saw your comment. It looks like an odd angular design now and not the smooth slick thing as when it first came out and wowed us all. Time for a major redesign I think. 

6 November 2019

An old title just got added to my comment.

Could the mods please change it?

6 November 2019

 I agree with another poster, the R8 is less ugly Duckling now....

6 November 2019

Bet the punters who bought the limited-edition RWS last year hoping for cult collectability are feeling pretty sore now...

6 November 2019

But then the Coupe price of the Limited edition model was only £110k. By the time UK prices are announced it'll probably be a fair chunk higher 

7 November 2019

It at least looks distinctive, whereas the previous R8 looked a bit too much like a fat TT, good cars but I've seen them being driven down the street and nobody really noticed them. A bit too inconspicuous for a supercar.

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