No turbo, no hybrid, no AWD. Just the purest driving experience.
Rumours for an entry-level Audi R8 supercar are still not dead, but the cheapest R8 money can buy today is still the RWS, or the Rear Wheel Series. It is available with a starting price of £113k and is significantly cheaper than the R8 V10 Plus with a price of £147,470 OTR. So, is this actually the best-valued R8 on sale? Absolutely.
The RWS is a classic case of an automaker listening to the customer. Audi will be making a total of 999 planned worldwide in both Coupe and Spyder flavours, and one of the 320 examples for the American market has visited Jay Leno’s Garage for a short drive.
The formula of this supercar is made to extract the purest driving experience from the machine. It combines one of the few remaining naturally-aspirated engines, a 5.2-litre FSI with 533 brake horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque mounted in the middle of the chassis, and a traditional RWD layout.
Compared to the V10 AWD variant, the RWS is 50 kilograms lighter, and is, you know, significantly tail-happier. The sprint to 62 miles per hour takes just 3.7 seconds, while the top speed is 199 mph.
In his review, Leno agrees with Anthony Garbis, product manager for the Audi R8, that the R8s, and especially the 320 RWS models in the U.S., are going to be collectibles one day, because of their simplicity and pure driving pleasure – no hybrid, no turbo, no gadgets.
And there’s one more thing. The R8 RWS is a supercar you can drive virtually every day. As Leno points out, the interior is super cool, featuring nice design and high-quality materials, while the exterior is simple and clean. “It’s very much Audi in general,” as Garbis adds.
Source: Jay Leno's Garage on YouTube