562 hp going to just two wheels? Yes, please.
Like us, Audi knows that the R8 supercar as we know it today won't be around for much longer. High-revving, gas-guzzling power plants are simply not the way of the future. But Audi isn't done getting the most out of the R8 before the day comes that the supercar is no more.
The company has just announced a new R8 V10 Performance rear-wheel-drive model, as well as new Edition models. The combination of 562 horsepower, a spine-tingling V10 soundtrack, and RWD makes this a particularly special rendition of the already brilliant R8. Audi has already announced a similar model in the US, although not a great deal of information was shared about it at the time. The 2022 R8 sold stateside makes the same 562 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque as the new model launched in the UK and Europe.
In the R8 Coupe, the V10 will catapult the car to 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds, while the R8 Spyder needs 3.8 seconds. The 0-60 time is 3.6 seconds for the R8 V10 Performance RWD model. Sport exhaust and Dynamic packages are now offered for US-spec models.
"The Audi R8 V10 RWD really struck a chord with customers right from the start with its rear-wheel drive derived from the R8 LMS racecar and its unfiltered dynamics," said Sebastian Grams, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH.
The coupe has a top speed of 204 mph and the convertible is barely slower with a maximum speed of 203 mph, but numbers fail to convey the responsiveness and noise of the 5.2-liter V10 FSI engine which is paired with a seven-speed S tronic transmission. Audi has now also divulged more detail about the dynamic capability of the RWD R8, which boasts 60 percent carryover parts with the LMS GT4 car.
Controlled drifts are achievable by selecting Sport Mode as part of the Electronic Stabilization Control system. Dynamic steering has been added to the RWD R8 for the first time, improving steering feedback and reactions. Audi says the axle distribution is 40:60, and lightweight 19-/20-inch wheels are fitted. In the UK, the new Edition models are more lavishly equipped with items like bronze alloy wheels, Nappa leather with diamond contrast stitching, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, and sideblades in carbon. Ceramic disc brakes are optionally available.
In the UK, the new R8 V10 Performance RWD coupe begins at £126,885, equivalent to around $172,448. In the US, the R8 V10 Performance starts at $148,700 and increases to $199,800 for the V10 Performance quattro.
Even though several new EVs can out-accelerate the new R8 V10 RWD models, none of them can match the visceral nature of Audi's supercar. If you have the means, get your hands on one while you still can.