Audi R8 RWD Marks The Begining of The End… The End
The Audi R8 as we know it will cease production in 2023. Rumors suggest a possible next-generation will become an all-electric hypercar, possibly tapping into the Porsche Taycan’s powertrain. In the lead up to the cessation of R8 production, Audi is preparing a final run of high-performance model releases. And first in line is R8 V10 RWD and the R8 LMS GT4. The Audi R8 V10 RWD, will be available as a Coupé and Spyder.
The Audi R8 RWD ditches the AWD for rear-wheel exclusivity. It also inherits a jazzed up exterior, spec-wise it’s essentially the same as the R8 Quattro minus the All-Wheel-Drive system. The naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 mid-engine delivers 397 kW (540 PS), and to remind you power is sent to the rear wheels.
The near-production-level Audi R8 LMS GT4 racing car, which also features rear-wheel drive, is being released at the same time, with a new design and noticeable optimizations in terms of vehicle dynamics.
The R8 LMS GT4 is being sold as a customer sport racing car for the international GT4 category specifically to cater for privateers with cash to burn and money to splash.
The GT4 race car is directly derived from the production model with about 60 percent carry-over parts. The 5.2-liter V10 engine, less powerful than the road-going version, up to 364 kW (495 hp) as specified by GT4 regulations..
The R8 V10 RWD will be introduced in the European markets at the beginning of 2020; the base price for the Coupé in Germany will be EUR 144,000. The Spyder will start at EUR 157,000.