5 The first thing you notice about the new rear-wheel-drive Audi R8 RWS is that you don’t notice it’s the new rear-wheel-drive Audi R8 RWS. Externally there’s not a badge or spoiler that’s significantly different to the quattro all-wheel-drive R8, while inside it’s only a small plaque above the glovebox that gives the game away. That plaque reads '1 of 999' regardless of whether you are in the first of the 999 rear-wheel-drive R8s to emerge from Audi’s Böllinger Höfe production facility, or the nine-hundred-and-ninety-eighth – presumably because that way Audi can just order a batch of identical badges rather than ones that are bespoke to each car. More cash has been saved by not having to equip... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium … [Read more...] about Audi R8 RWS review – cheaper and a lot more frightening
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Two very different German takes on the über-sports coupé proposition For the first time, the ground-breaking Audi R8 can now be ordered in rear wheel drive format with the introduction of this RWS model. 198mph, 0-60 in three and a bit seconds and 533bhp through the back wheels on damp, cold British roads sounds like a recipe for disaster, but weight has been taken out of the R8 and replaced by an injection of balance and handling magic. This is the cheapest R8 you can buy, too. But how can it match the 3.8-litre Porsche 911 GT3? Thanks to its wonderful steering, handling and suspension damping, incredibly quick gearbox, even quicker 0 to 60mph time than the Audi, and 9000rpm soundtrack to die for, many consider this to be the best all-round sports car ever. Mauro and Dan take these two madly-engined coupés out on the public roads around Goodwood. Watch in awe as they repeatedly give both cars full throttle, and listen in amazement as Mauro … [Read more...] about Audi R8 RWS V10 vs Porsche 911 GT3 PDK video review
What happens when you remove the four-wheel drive? Audi engineers have stripped out 50kg from this R8. But they’ve achieved this without making it a bare-bones competition vehicle. It still has the electrically operated leather seats, the luxury carpet and all the rest. That’s a major weight saving, and has been achieved by removing the front driveshafts, the centre diff and propshaft. So what is the effect? Obviously if they’d just done that the powerful sports car would have been impossible to drive, so the engineers added a bigger front anti-roll bar and tweaked the suspension quite heavily, since all that weight came off the front end. Now there’s a semblance of understeer rather than too much of the other thing. You might be wondering if that RWS stands for Rear Wheel Steering, but no, this is rear-wheel drive, and this is the first in what Audi is calling the Rear Wheel Series. What’s more this R8 RWS is going to be a limited edition model, with 999 … [Read more...] about Audi R8 RWS review: half the drive, twice the fun?
RWS? A rear-wheel steer Audi R8? No, a rear-wheel drive Audi R8. The S stands, rather misleadingly, for Series. But what we have here, besides an R8 lacking a pair of front driveshafts, is very interesting. Why’s that? Because of what R8 Rear Wheel Series represents. When was the last time Audi did a rear-wheel-drive sports car? You have to go so far back for it to be pointless. Back to a time before the legendary Quattro, before even sports cars were invented. To all intents and purposes this is Audi’s first ever rear-wheel drive car. And that matters. It shows, in a way that far outstrips the fact Audi is only making 999 of them, that the days of dull Audis are over, that it wants to be taken seriously as a builder of purist sports cars. At least I hope it does. If not we’ll just chalk this one up as another colossal missed opportunity. Despite its limited-edition status, the RWS is Audi’s cheapest R8. If you order one, you can choose … [Read more...] about Audi R8 RWS review: new rear-drive R8 driven
The GT Daytona class battle during the Rolex 24 was altered by a controversial race control decision that many have called the 'nuclear option.'The Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3 was leading at the time IMSA officials called it down pit road to serve a five-minute penalty that dropped it to a lap behind the leaders. The reason, according to team owner Christian Land, was that the team exceeded the minimum refueling time expected for the German entry.This falls under the Balance of Performance regulations, since refueling rigs are equalized by fuel flow restrictors. Lane told IMSA radio that the reduced time his No. 29 was spending on pit road drew the scrutiny of IMSA officials and landed them a penalty."It means our refueling time is shorter than they calculated," he said. "We are every time a bit quicker, but we follow the regulations. We are fine. IMSA has a calculated refueling time for our class, it's around 40 seconds, but we did nothing out of the regulations, but we are … [Read more...] about Why IMSA penalized the Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3 during the Rolex 24