The best Audi R8 is now the best bargain in the R8 lineup. I'm talking about the upcoming 2018 Audi R8 RWS, which ditches the brand's Quattro all-wheel-drive system in favor of a rear-drive-only setup. Anyone who wants one will "only" need to shell out $139,950. That's a lot of money, but it's $26,200 cheaper than the standard Quattro-equipped version. Audi is breaking away from the norm with this one. The four-ringed brand is usually associated with its Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The German automaker might offer a model or two without it, but those are typically more affordable models. With the R8, Audi has only offered its top-shelf drive system for its top-shelf machine. That's no longer the case. And purists should be thrilled about it. A rear-driving Audi R8 will be a stylish thrill ride. With it, Audi can provide the full Lamborghini Huracán experience but in its own wrapper. It's smart to offer the limited-run car for less than the price of the standard version. All … [Read more...] about 2018 Audi R8 RWS priced as the bargain model
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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?
MADRID, SPAIN—Too often we think about performance as additive—we need to add power, add grip, add aero, add brakes, add roll stiffness. But just as often, it’s about taking things away—weight, electronic nannies, or, in the case of the 2018 Audi R8 RWS, two drive wheels. No, this R8 doesn’t turn right under power. It’s rear-wheel drive, and that’s a bit odd for Audi.In fact, it’s extremely odd. The last time a carmaker named Audi built a rear-drive vehicle, it wasn’t the same company at all, and America wasn’t even (directly) involved in World War II yet. For all but the most pedantic, this is the first rear-drive Audi.So how is it? Every bit as good as a quattro R8, just a bit more fun. A big portion of the fun comes from the 5.2-liter V-10 engine huddled just behind the passenger compartment. Cruise gently and its mild burble floats unobtrusively about the cabin; pin the throttle and it’ll wail … [Read more...] about First Drive: 2018 Audi R8 RWS
To you and I, the R8 RWS is just another version of Audi's mid-engined supercar - RWS stands for Rear Wheel Series, which indicates the removal of the front driveshafts. This is the first rear-driven R8 and it'll be limited to 999 units worldwide, split across Coupe and Spyder body styles. The R8 range grows a little; life goes on. But within the boardrooms and offices of Audi Sport, the R8 RWS must seem like an enormous gamble. In fact, we know it's an enormous gamble for Audi because it's taken the company twelve years to take it. For one thing, building a rear-wheel drive version of a halo model undermines the core brand value Audi has spent the last few decades cultivating. If we all drive the RWS and say it's more enjoyable than the existing R8, what on earth does that say about Quattro? It's like Tesla turning its back on batteries and electric motors altogether and fitting its next model with a stinking great V8 instead. And for another, even more troubling thing, by producing … [Read more...] about Audi R8 RWS vs Porsche 911 GT3
There's an awful lot about the Audi R8 RWS which ought to bring joy to even the most jaded enthusiast: this is now the cheapest R8 on sale, yet it's also the lightest, the rarest and, er, the most oversteery. It's being offered exclusively with a passive suspension set up and also comes as standard - in case you hadn't noticed - with one of the finest powertrains to grace a modern motor car. All for £15k less than an AMG GT C... By and large the Rear Wheel Series variant drives just like a regular V10 car - which is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand it's as approachable and manageable as the all-wheel drive cars on the road, and on the other, it's just as easy to level the familiar 'slightly too good and therefore a bit aloof' accusations at. There simply isn't the transformative dynamic change on the road that many were craving; either from the switch to rear-wheel drive or from the weight saved as a result. Perhaps the ride is more fluid and less abrupt now - it's … [Read more...] about Audi R8 RWS: Driven