German carmaker Audi has unveiled the R8 Rear Wheel Series(RWS) at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany.
The Audi R8 RWS is the rear-wheel-drive version of the R8 supercar and its production will be limited to just 999 units, which will be a mix of both coupe and convertible variants.
Powering the Audi R8 RWS is a 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 engine producing 533bhp at 6,800rpm and 540Nm of torque at 6,500rpm which is sent to the rear wheels via a 7-speed automatic gearbox.
The removal of the all-wheel-drive (AWD) system has helped the R8 RWS shed 50 kilos in weight compared to the AWD variant and it now has a power-to-weight ratio of 335bhp per tonne (compared to 324bhp per tonne of the AWD R8) thanks to its 1590kg kerb weight.
However, despite the loss in weight, the R8 RWS is slower than its AWD sibling with the coupe sprinting from 0-100kph in 3.7 seconds (0.2 seconds slower) while the convertible reaches 100kph in a slightly slower 3.8 seconds. Top speed remains unchanged at 320kph.
The R8 RWS also receives tweaks to its chassis, suspension, and steering system to take advantage of its rear-wheel-drive layout while the traction control system features ‘Dynamic' and Sport' settings for those who prefer to go about sideways in their R8.
Visually, the new Audi R8 RWS gets a matt black front grille, sideblade panels in gloss black for the Coupe and body-coloured lower blades. The R8 RWS also rides on black 19-inch five spoke alloy wheels which are shod with 245/35 front and 295/35 rear tyres.
Owners can also opt for an offset red racing stripe that starts on the left side of the front of the car, moves across the roof and ends up on the right side at the rear.
Audi has revealed the prices for R8 RWS in Europe with the Coupe costing €140,000 (Rs 1.07 crore) and the convertible Spyder coming in at €153,000 (Rs 1.17 crore).
The new Audi R8 RWS is the R8 for purists who believe that a sports car should always send power to the rear wheels alone. With just 999 units set for production, expect this R8 to sell out in double-quick time with the purists aching to test out its drift capabilities.