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Audi R8 V10 RWS: German supercar gets rear-wheel-drive limited edition 'for the purists'

Audi has unveiled a new rear-wheel-drive version of its R8 supercar, a model that normally comes with a Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

Audi has unveiled a new rear-wheel-drive version of its R8 supercar, a model that normally comes with a Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

The new limited-edition R8 V10 RWS is apparently aimed at “purists”, according to Audi Sport GmbH boss Stephan Winkelman.

“A limited-edition special model for customers with an appreciation for essential driving enjoyment, the R8 V10 RWS is an absolutely exclusive offer,” he said.

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“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.”

The naturally-aspirated ten-cylinder engine is one of our favourites. Producing around 533bhp and the most delightful noise, it can launch the hardtop R8 to 62mph in 3.7 seconds in rear-wheel-drive form. The Spyder is a tad slower, taking 3.8 seconds.

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The rear-wheel-drive R8 RWS weighs around 50kg less than its all-wheel-drive counterpart, thanks largely to the reduction in mechanical components for the drivetrain. Audi says that the chassis setup and control systems enable “controlled drifts” if the driver selects the appropriate mode.

Audi will build 999 of these cars. In the UK, they will be priced from £110,000.

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