Audi R8 Spyder RWS: For the first time with pure rear-wheel drive


This palace revolution from Audi finally breaks with perfectionism

Audi R8 Spyder RWS: For the first time with pure rear-wheel drive-audi

Palace revolution: the Audi R8 Spyder RWS has pure rear-wheel drive. Nix Quattro!

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Perfect down to the last detail and therefore callous and hypothermic. It has been difficult to get excited about Audi cars lately. The R8 Spyder RWS now puts an end to the lack of emotion. But if you want it, you have to hurry.

300 HP in the TTS, 450 HP in the RS5 or even up to 610 HP in the R8 V10 plus – actually every petrolhead should feel a slight tremor in his right foot just by mentioning these Audi models. But anyone who has driven the last power models from Ingolstadt is somehow disillusioned and a little bit disappointed.

No, of course there is actually nothing wrong with the cars. Just as little as on the A8, Q8 or A6. But that is precisely my problem. The youngest Audis are so perfected and hypothermic that they leave me completely cold.

And then suddenly they knock a car like the R8 Spyder RWS out of the factory in the “Bollinger Hofe” near Heilbronn and you are completely off your feet. RWS stands for Rear Wheel System. Behind it hides a small palace revolution.

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Audi charges 156,000 euros for the R8 Spyder RWS

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Because this R8 has been the first Audi since ancient times Road legal, which brings its power to the asphalt solely via the rear wheels and finally breaks with perfectionism. The Bavarians take over the technology for this from their R8 LMS GT4 racing car, with which the R8 RWS supposedly shares 60 percent of the components.

And for the first time they even have a customer-friendly pricing policy. Where they usually ask more money for less car, the rear-wheel drive is actually cheaper than the Quattro, a proud 26,000 euros – even if it costs 140,000 euros for the coupe and 156,000 euros for the Spyder is still an expensive pleasure, of course.

In theory, the grip of four wheels can’t hurt if you have to transfer 540 hp and 540 Nm. It is not for nothing that the R8 with the otherwise usual Quattro drive is two tenths faster when accelerating to 100 km / h.

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First of all, you hardly notice whether you need 3.8 or 3.6 seconds for the sprint anyway. Second, the car just feels livelier in practice when the traction is focused on the rear.

Even without burning donuts into the asphalt on closed-off terrain, to the delight of the tire dealers, it then develops a passionate life of its own, which you can wonderfully influence with a little bit of skill on the accelerator.

Where the normal R8 drives through tight bends like on rails in a completely cool and controlled manner even at high speeds, the RWS tickles the nerves at least a little bit and pushes the rear a little further outwards when accelerating out early before the car feels like realigns itself and storms over the next straight.

One of the last high-speed suction cups sits in the neck

That feels more real and authentic than any Quattro and is still not a bit more dangerous. Because Audi would not be Audi if the ESP did not catch the hip flask in good time in every situation and guide it back onto the path of virtue.

Now that the R8 has finally woken up, freed itself from the dictates of perfection and has developed its own personality, the spark also leaps across the engine – especially when you’re sitting in the Spyder. In the neck of the passengers rages only separated by a retractable wind deflector made of Plexiglas, one of the last high-speed vacuum cleaners, which has not yet been scourged with a turbo and turned down in the speed cellar.

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The fully automatic fin roof of the R8 Spyder RWS can be opened up to a speed of 50 km / h in 20 seconds

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Instead, the 5.2-liter ten-cylinder beats up to 7,800 rpm with every throttle, thus providing the soundtrack for a boiling hot affair in the left lane – from the angry rumbling and rumbling when the automatic downshifts two gears and the electronics only turn off Enjoy the joy of dripping a few drops of gasoline into the hot exhaust gas, which then burn with loud bangs, up to the hotter screeching when you fly towards the horizon at full throttle and almost 320 km / h.

Strong, fast and now actually with feeling – in the Audi R8 RWS it knocks the driver off their feet. It’s just a shame that this pleasure is literally limited. Because unfortunately there won’t be more than 999 coupes and Spyder.

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The 5.2 liter ten-cylinder toggles with every thrust of the gas

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17 thoughts on “Audi R8 Spyder RWS: For the first time with pure rear-wheel drive”

  1. Why is the RWS actually breaking with tradition "now" and why is the car presented as a novelty? The RWS has been configurable and orderable since autumn 2017, has been delivered since spring and has now been sold out for a while.

  2. "Violinist poetry" of the finest! Was he actually allowed to drive this crutch? Not really necessary for such a report, the manufacturer’s laundry slip is sufficient. The whole thing is now being sent to the rest of the German press under other pseudonyms, enjoy reading.

  3. I normally have different priorities in how I spend my money, but I would find it difficult to decide between an Audi TTS or even a TT RS or a Porsche Cayman / 718…
    Also a lot of cars for a lot less money than all R8 versions…

  4. Backfire bangs, screeching engines and valve exhaust are prohibited on public roads. Vorsprung durch Technik is taken to the point of absurdity.

  5. Oversteer can also be achieved with a properly adjusted drive and ESP.
    Unfortunately, the R8 is still an emotionless piece of sheet metal, not only when measured against the Lambos from its own group.

  6. What about modern Audis "numb and hypothermic" should be, I can not understand. One could then assume that every Mercedes, Porsche or Bentley.
    Perfect processing of high-quality materials is something wonderful. Or someone finds creaking hard plastic landscapes with finger-width gaps "more soulful" or "warmer?"

    In any case, an impressive car!

  7. At Audis, the intervention by the purchasing department is more visible than at the Mrcedes or BMW.
    You can see in many details that whoever planned them did not aim to do the best, but to do the most sensible thing. And that bothers some.


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