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Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Coupe
Infotainment: Apple CarPlay icon Apple CarPlay   Android Auto icon Android Auto  

Ever since it launched the concept, Audi was proud of its all-wheel-drive R8 that shook the supercar world and proved to be a serious track-weapon.

In 2017, the R8 made a bolder move.

While most of the supercars evolved from being rear-wheel-drive to all-wheel-drive, the R8 took the opposite path. Audi introduced it as an all-wheel-drive, mid-engine supercar and transformed it into a rear-wheel-drive one. Thus, it silenced the voices which said that a true supercar must have the power sent only to the rear axle. The RWS initials stood for Rear Wheel Series.

The R8 RWS was the least expensive R8 from its times since the customers didn't have to pay for the front and center differentials. Its bodywork was similar to the regular R8 but with a few small different details. It was underscored by the matte black grille of the singleframe and the matte black air openings at the car's front and rear. The upper sideblades behind the doors were finished in gloss black, while the lower ones were body-colored. As an option, Audi offered a red strip that crossed the top of the car from the front bumper to the engine's lid.

Inside, the R8 RWS sported the same interior as the rest of the mid-engined Audi supercar, with sports seats fitted as standard. As an option, the carmaker offered bucket seats. Unlike any of its siblings, it featured a badge on the dashboard which stated the car number, such as "1 of 999." There was no infotainment screen on the center stack. It was shown inside the instrument cluster on the Audi Virtual Cockpit TFT display.

Behind the two-seat cabin, Audi installed the naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 engine that produced 540 hp. It was paired to a seven-speed automatic (dual-clutch) gearbox. The electronic stability control featured a special drift function.

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AUDI R8 V10 RWS 2017 - 2021
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  • 5.2 V10 7AT (540 HP)
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AUDI R8 V10 RWS Brochure (GER)

AUDI R8 V10 RWS 5.2 V10 7AT (540 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  5.2 V10 7AT (540 HP)
Cylinders
V10
Displacement
5204 cm3
Power
397.2 KW @ 7800 RPM
540 HP @ 7800 RPM
533 BHP @ 7800 RPM
Torque
398 lb-ft @ 6500 RPM
540 Nm @ 6500 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
199 mph (320 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
3.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
7-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
245/35 R 19 || 295/35 R 19
DIMENSIONS
Length
174.3 in (4427 mm)
Width
76.4 in (1941 mm)
Height
48.8 in (1240 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.5/63 in (1,638/1,600 mm)
Wheelbase
104.3 in (2649 mm)
Cargo Volume
4 cuFT (113 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.36
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3671 lbs (1665 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4167 lbs (1890 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
12.4 mpg US (19 L/100Km)
Highway
27.4 mpg US (8.6 L/100Km)
Combined
19 mpg US (12.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
283 g/km
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