Say you are a rich sports activities automobile fanatic, and you’re keen on the thought of a rear-wheel drive, mid-engine sports activities automobile, however you do not wish to take care of the effort or expense of shopping for one thing like a Ferrari or the standard considerations of one thing like a Lotus. Beforehand, for those who have been fortunate, you have been capable of snag your self , however these days got here and went.
Besides perhaps they did not. Audi introduced on Thursday that not solely was the rear-wheel drive model of the R8 (each Coupe and Spyder) coming again, however that it could not be a restricted mannequin. It is now a part of the common R8 lineup, and that is fairly damned cool.
The Audi R8 RWD is powered by a candy, high-revving V10 that produces 532 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, however these numbers go as much as 602 and 413, respectively, for those who get the. This engine is mated completely to a dual-clutch transmission that is ready to snap off shifts in simply 120 milliseconds, and collectively they assist the R8 RWD get to 60 miles per hour in solely 3.6 seconds (3.7 for those who’re within the Spyder).
The RWD model’s facet profit is that as a result of it lacks issues like entrance and heart differentials and further driveshafts, it is a good bit lighter than the usual Quattro model. This implies it is a bit sharper and a bit extra playful on a twisty street — each of that are good issues.
Oh, and it is also cheaper — like lots cheaper. The RWD coupe begins at simply $145,895, together with the $1,495 vacation spot price and $1,700 fuel guzzler tax. The Spyder begins at $158,095. Each might be accessible in sellers beginning within the winter of 2020.
Audi brings rear-wheel drive to the R8 Coupe and Spyder
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