A few years in the past, Audi introduced again a rear-wheel-drive variant of the R8 known as the RWS. It was lighter than the common all-wheel-drive fashions, and considerably cheaper. Nevertheless it was restricted to 320 examples. Should you had your coronary heart set on one however missed out, we have nice information: The 2021 Audi R8 RWD brings again the reasonably priced(ish) light-weight thought, confirming info revealed by the EPA. However this time there are not any manufacturing limits and it is out there as a convertible.
Basically, the R8 RWD is like its RWS predecessor. It will get the identical V10 because the previous base R8 Quattro, which makes 532 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. It is coupled to a seven-speed dual-clutch automated. The Coupe can get to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds on the best way to a high velocity of 201 mph, whereas the Spyder provides a tenth and loses an mph. The dearth of driveline elements for the entrance wheels implies that the RWD fashions are considerably lighter than Quattro variants. The official numbers for the RWD are 3,594 kilos for the Coupe and three,847 kilos for the Spyder. The previous base R8 Quattro Coupe weighed 3,715 kilos, and the Spyder weighed 3,957 kilos. Audi additionally made some suspension and axle modifications for the RWD versus the Quattro. It options rear axle shafts which can be strong relatively than hole, the entrance anti-roll bar is stiffer, and there is extra unfavourable camber on the rear wheels.
Because the R8 underwent a refresh because the RWS got here out, the RWD options the extra angular entrance bumper design and opened up rear bumper. Distinguishing it from a Quattro might be tough, because the solely actual differentiators are chrome exhaust ideas and black painted air intakes and rear diffuser, the latter of which might be modified with choices.
All 2021 Audi R8 fashions will hit sellers this winter. The RWD Coupe begins at $144,195, and the RWD Spyder begins at $156,395, each of which symbolize a major financial savings over the earlier base R8 Quattro Coupe that began round $170,000. The value gulf is even greater in comparison with the 2021 R8 Quattro Coupe V10 Efficiency that begins at $198,195.