Mat Watson can drive today Audi‘s baby supercar, the R8 V10 Performance RWD, to see if having the pure rear-wheel drive will bring this car closer to perfection – but a few other things are different too.
For starters, the RWD edition looks almost identical to the AWD version – the only exception is that the rear-wheel drive car does not have a fixed visible spoiler, but a deployable electronic one.
Hidden under the glass roof is the spectacular 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10, which produces 570 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque.
The maximum speed is 204 mph and the 0-60 time is 3.7 seconds – there is also a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox with launch control.
Nineteen-inch alloy wheels are standard, and you can get 20″ and minor trim tweaks by upgrading to the Edition model.
Audi’s R8 V10 RWD version: sensible is the word, stylish is the takeaway
Some might say that the interior of the RWD Audi is rather dull, but it is certainly sensible and quite stylish.
Once Mat is behind the wheel he will quickly appreciate the car – comfortable seats, good visibility for a supercar and a super simple layout – there are some nice features, such as climate control, a digital display in the actual dial and a clear and clear driver display.
The quality of the interior is very good, but it is not the most practical.
Speaking of which; the storage space in front of the car is the same as in the AWD version – 112 liters – so not very much.
Taller folks reportedly also have issues with headroom, and unlike the AWD edition, bucket seats are only available as an option on rear-wheel drive cars: instead, they get power sports seats as standard.
Aside from the interior, looks are important, but the most important thing in a supercar is how it drives – once on the road, Matt is much more enthusiastic.
We’ll find out: it’s not the best R8, but it’s fun
Matt likes the chassis; the suspension works great, if a little bumpy without the adaptive dampers – the steering feels better as the front wheels move more freely.
The car is very fast and Mat enjoys the sweet sound of the engine at 8,500 rpm – he likes the feeling of the power going through the rear and how he can balance it on the accelerator.
However, he is not so grateful for the gearbox, as it hinders downshifts, but the 0-60 test turns out to be a great success – in short, on a dry road with good traction, Mat likes to drive the Audi R8 RWD.
Finally; The Audi R8 V10 Performance RWD version is the best Audi to drive; but it’s not a hardcore sports car.
If you choose between the R8 Quattro and the RWD, the four-wheel drive version is better on a rainy day on an unfamiliar road.
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