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Cashed up motoring enthusiasts can get excited, the rear-wheel drive Audi R8 V10 RWS is coming to Australia.
Audi announced the new R8 variant will be produced in both coupe and spyder body styles and be limited to 999 units.
The R8 V10 RWS will feature a mid-mounted, naturally aspirated 5.2 FSI V10 engine that develops 397kW/540Nm. Audi claims the coupe can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds, with the spyder hitting triple figures in 3.8 seconds.
By ditching the all-wheel drive system, the coupe sheds 50kg of weight and tips the scales at 1509kg. The spyder loses 40kg and weighs in at 1,680kg.
The chassis and handling package has been tuned to manage all the torque being sent to the rear wheels. Audi says this new calibration will deliver a fun driving experience.
"The R8 V10 RWS is made for purists," said Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH.
"A limited-edition special model for customers with an appreciation for essential driving enjoyment, the R8 V10 RWS is an absolutely exclusive offer. With its mid-mounted V10 engine and rear-wheel drive, it successfully brings the driving concept of our R8 LMS racing car to the streets," said Mr Winkelmann.
Numbers allocated to Australia are still to be confirmed, however, they will be limited. Local pricing is also still to be announced but in the context of the current R8 range, somewhere between $300,000 and $350,000 seems the logical place to aim.
The first R8 V10 RWS vehicles are expected to arrive in March 2018.
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