Audi’s latest update to its R8 supercar is coming that brings a simpler driveline and lower price. Ditching its self-lauded Quattro all-wheel drive for the first time in 12 years the R8 RWS (rear-wheel series) will be limited to a production run of just 999 vehicle made up of coupe and Spyder variants.
Pricing starts from $299,500 before on-road costs for the coupe and $321,000 for the Spyder.
Both models have had a significant price drop over the regular R8, with the coupe $67,500 cheaper and the Spyder a whopping $82,000 less than the the all-wheel drive version.
Despite the price drop the R8 RWS still offers a decent level of kit with highlights such as a 12.3-inch virtual cockpit display, heated sport seats, Alcantara and leather upholstery and rear view camera with both front and rear parking sensors.
The coupe and Spyder ride on 19-inch gloss black alloys with eight-piston brake calipers while 20-inch wheels are optional. Other standard features include white paint with the choice of an Audi Sport GT stripe, gloss black dual branch Audi Sport exhaust system, matte black grilles, Audi Sport badge and LED headlamps and daytime running lights.
The German maker says the top-shelf performance car shares 50 per cent of its parts with the Bathurst 12-Hour winning R8 LMS GT3 race car, which is also rear-wheel driven to comply with GT regulations.
Power for the road-going version comes from the same 397kW and 540Nm 5.2-litre V10 naturally aspirated petrol engine found in the Quattro version and is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
A limited number of Audi R8 RWS models are due to arrive in Australia from April 2018.
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