A 5.0-litre V10. A stonking 397kW. The sprint from 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds. And it’s 50kg lighter than its quattro AWD big brother, making it more nimble and agile. This is the rear-wheel-drive Audi R8 RWS. On track or on a remote piece of tarmac, these facts and figures make sense. But in the real world, in a city like Sydney with its traffic, speed cameras and intense focus on spirited driving, having that much power and the precise tactility that comes with the RWS’s weight saving fails to offer any real logic. That is until you hear it. Now, we’ve all seen videos of supercars threading through European Alps, the engine note bouncing off snow-capped mountains and the excitement that comes when the occupants see a tunnel ahead, knowing the growl or scream of their (insert supercar engine configuration here) will only be amplified and exaggerated once that right foot squeezes the loud pedal in such a confined and concentrated environment. Unfortunately, there are a … [Read more...] about Audi R8 RWS: Sydney’s best-sounding tunnels
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If you’ve ever wondered whether a four-seat family hatchback could possibly take on a genuine two-seat supercar, the answer is yes. It’s coming to something when a hatchback is ranked in performance terms alongside a bona-fide supercar, but that’s exactly what we’ve got here in this literally incredible straight-line shootout. The E-Hybrid has a scarcely believable 671bhp, making it not only the most powerful and fastest Panamera ever, but also one of the most powerful Porsches ever. It’ll do a crazy 194mph. Thing is, it’s no supermodel in terms of weight. It tips the scales at over 2.3 tonnes. Here we’ve pitted it against the 138bhp less powerful, 229lb ft less torqueful but also 700kg lighter V10-powered Audi R8. The Audi is even faster than the Porsche with a 198mph top speed, and has four-wheel drive – but which one will win in a straight drag race? Read more: Review: Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid … [Read more...] about Audi R8 vs Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid video review
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
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?