2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 RWS – 0-200 k/h Acceleration, Puristic Driving Dynamics. 2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 RWS – Drive, Interior and Exterior.
The V10 mid-mounted engine of the Audi R8 V10 RWS delivers 397 kW (540 hp). It delivers its maximum torque of 540 Nm (398.3 lb-ft) at 6,500 revolutions per minute. The 5.2 FSI engine accelerates the Coupé from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 3.7 seconds (Spyder: 3.8 seconds) and reaches a top speed of 320 km/h (198.8 mph) (Spyder: 318 km/h [197.6 mph]).
The new Audi R8 Coupe V10 RWS weighs 1,590 kilograms (3,505.3 lb) (curb weight without driver). That is 50 kilograms (110.2 lb) less than the Audi R8 Coupe V10 with quattro drive, which needs additional components compared to the rear-wheel drive variant, such as a cardan shaft, multi-plate clutch and front-axle differential. The R8 Spyder V10 RWS is 40 kilograms (88.2 lb) lighter than the R8 Spyder V10, tipping the scales at 1,680 kilograms (3703.8 lb) (curb weight without driver). The axle load distribution of 40.6:59.4 (Coupé) or 40.4:59.6 (Spyder), and a suspension and dynamic handling system specially adapted to the rear-wheel drive, ensure tremendous driving pleasure.
The suspension setup and the control systems enable controlled drifts. To perform these maneuvers, the driver selects “dynamic” in the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, which is fitted as standard, and activates ESC sport mode. When the limit is reached, the ESC stability control will engage safely. The electromechanical power steering enables precise handling.
The puristic character of the new R8 variant is accentuated by the matte black single-frame grille and the matte black air openings at the front and rear. The upper side blade (on the Coupé) is painted in glossy black, while the lower blade is the same color as the vehicle. As with the Audi R8 LMS GT4, the Audi R8 V10 RWS Coupé also comes with the option of a racing stripe in Misano Red that runs over the bonnet, roof and rear.
In the vehicle interior, the driver and passenger sit on sport seats. These are covered with leather and Alcantara. Bucket seats are available on request. The dashboard bears an emblem that reads “1 of 999” – a reference to the limited quantity of this vehicle.
The new Audi R8 V10 RWS has been available to order in Germany and other European countries since fall of 2017, and is on the road since early 2018.