Audi has confirmed an R8 V10 rear-wheel drive model will permanently join the range.
Formally confined to limited-edition status, the R8 V10 RWD uses the 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated V10 engine found in the all-wheel drive versions, it produces 397kW and 540Nm.
Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a seven-speed S tronic transmission and a mechanical locking differential.
Audi will offer the R8 V10 RWD in both Coupe and Spyder body styles. The Coupe can sprint from 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 320km/h, while the Spyder takes 3.8 seconds to hit triple figures from a standstill and tops out at 318km/h.
To take advantage of the rear-wheel drive dynamics, Audi says “if sport mode is activated in connection with the Electronic Stabilisation Control ESC, the suspension setup and control system even allow controlled drifting.”
The car rides on black 19-inch forged wheels with 245/35 tyres up front and 295/35 rubber at the rear.
The R8 V10 RWD is distinguished by two-tone side blades, the top blade is finished in gloss black, while the bottom blade is matched to the body colour. The front blade, the side sill inserts and the diffuser are finished in gloss black as standard.
On the inside, buyers get sports seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara, along with a RWD badge on the dash.
Audi Australia has confirmed the R8 V10 RWD will arrive locally in mid-2020 along with the rest of the updated R8 range. 
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