A limited edition run of 999 rear-wheel drive Audi R8s goes on sale around the world on 15 September – despite them costing £110,000 each you'd better be quick if you want to buy one, because that number represents the global allocation, split between R8 V10s and Spyder V10s.
To ensure that the Rear Wheel Drive series R8s stand out from what would otherwise be a crowd, the special edition cars get matte black grilles and air intakes. The coupe version gets the sideblade behind the driver's door finished in gloss black.
Similar to the R8 LMS GT 4, the coupe is available with an optional red film running over the bonnet, roof and rear end. The interior features sports seats covered in leather and Alcantara, and sports seats are also available as an option. To remind you of the exclusivity of your ride the dashboard will have a little badge marked 'X of 999', to let you know where your car was in the factory queue.
The mid-mounted 5.2-litre V10 engine produces the usual 532bhp and delivers peak torque of 398lb ft at 6,500rpm. The coupe manages the 0-62mph run in 3.7 seconds and the convertible takes 0.1 seconds longer. Top speed is 198mph (197mph in the Spyder) and fuel economy is 22.7mpg and 283g/km CO2. These numbers are increased to 22.4mpg and 286g/km CO2 for the soft-top version.
Ditching the all-wheel drive saves 50kg thanks to ditching the propshaft, multi-plate clutch and centre differential, meaning the R8 V10 RWS coupe weighs in at 1,590kg. The convertible version of the car weighs in at 1,680kg. Audi says that handling and chassis have been specially developed for rear-wheel drive.