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Audi Announces Large Expansion Of Rear-Wheel Drive R8 RWS Sales

How did Audi expect to keep such a special supercar so limited in the first place?

Are you a massive fan of the new rear-wheel drive Audi R8 RWS that just debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show? Did you just get done applying for a European visa because you live in America and can’t stand the idea of seeing those smug French laughing at the fact it’s not coming to America in between mouthfuls of crepes? Well pull the plug on that visa and crack another Budweiser with full knowledge you won't have to acquire a taste for escargot.

That’s because Audi enthusiast site Fourtitude, which ironically named itself like that as a shoutout to Audi’s famous quattro all-wheel drive systems, has announced that the R8 RWS is coming to the land of the Red, White, and Blue. Fourtitude got the information after sitting down for a chat with Audi Sport CEO Stephan Winkelmann at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. That news may not bode well for Europeans hoping to get their hands on one because it was not made clear whether or not the R8 RWS would have its production cap extended to accommodate for the increase in demand that’ll come as a result of offering the highly desirable supercar to another region with a large appetite for such vehicles.

In case you need a refresher, the R8 RWS will house the same 5.2-liter V10 from the R8 V10 in its midsection, with the main difference being that it’ll only send power to the rear wheels. That means less understeer, rear-wheel drive dynamics, smoky drifts, and of course, the ability to pull off big smoky burnouts. Aside from the drivetrain differences, the R8 RWS will feature smaller wheels up front and a weight savings of over 110 pounds thanks to the removal of the all-wheel drive system. To spare a few inevitable crashes, Audi won’t increase the engine's output to the 610 horsepower as it does on the R8 V10 Plus, instead sticking with the stock R8’s 540 horsepower output. Don’t worry though, that’s what tuning shops are for.

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