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FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW: Audi teases rear-wheel drive R8

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Aside from promising even greater speed than the current R8, the next model will be adopting a rear-wheel system. This may sound odd at first, but Audi Sport points out that the GT-spec R8 race cars are rear-wheel drive only. While removing four-wheel drive has led to a 50kg weight loss compared to the quattro R8 (the Spyder is 40kg lighter), being rear-wheel drive means the RWS has less traction than its four-wheel-drive counterpart.

The R8 V10 RWS is powered by the 5.2-liter V10 in its standard form, meaning it puts out 540 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. No matter how much power is on offer, it should be more than enough for most buyers - especially when paired with RWD. The new model makes is debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 which takes place this week.

Discuss this story on our Audi forum. The coupe hits 62 in 3.7 seconds, with the Spyder one tenth of a second behind.

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One bigger difference is that putting the vehicle in Dynamic Mode and turning the ESC to Sport may as well be called Drift Mode, as the RWS will allow controlled slides in that setting. The ESC only intervenes on the limit. Audi is only teasing them for now - one is a coupe-SUV based on the E-Tron Sportback concept seen this year at Auto Shanghai, the other is a D segment vehicle - and both are of course zero emissions full electrics. The grille has a matte black finish, the front and rear air ducts are matte black, and the coupe's upper sideblade is gloss black while the lower blade is body color.

Until now. Audi Sport GmbH, the division formerly known as quattro, has created this, the R8 RWS. Optionally, a red film running from front to rear is available to emulate the R8 LMS GT 4.

There will only be 999 R8 RWS Coupes and Spyders built, with deliveries starting to the United States in 2018.

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