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Audi updates R8 Performance RWD with extra oomph

  • Supercar boasts extra torque and brake horsepower from same V10 engine
  • Available as hard-top coupe and drop-top Spyder
  • Edition version has extra equipment such as 20-inch cast aluminium wheels

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Audi has updated its R8 Performance RWD, giving its rear-wheel-drive supercar more oomph.

The layout of the new R8 Performance RWD – or R8 V10 RWD as it was known before – is the same but it has gained various mechanical revisions.

It’s kept the 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 engine but now pushes out 562bhp – a 30bhp boost on the previous model.

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There’s more torque too, going up by 10Nm to 550Nm. Audi claims this helps the R8 RWD reach 60mph in 3.5 seconds before heading on to 204mph.

Audi R8 RWD V10 engine now kicks out more power than before_

The Audi R8 RWD’s V10 engine now kicks out more power than before

It’s available as a hard-top coupe and drop-top Spyder, with the former weighing 1,590kg and the latter 1,695kg. Both have a lightweight aluminium body plus carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic panels.

Much the same as its predecessor, the new R8 RWD uses a seven-speed automatic gearbox with a mechanical limited-slip differential.

Essentially an entry point to the R8 range in the UK, the RWD boasts lots of standard equipment, including 19-inch forged alloy wheels, sport seats and a 12.3-inch virtual cockpit.


Those wanting even more equipment can opt for the new Edition version.

This has 20-inch cast aluminium wheels finished in a bronze colour, Nappa leather-trimmed seats with contrast stitching plus a Bang & Olufsen stereo.

Prices start at £126,885 for the coupe and £135,575 for the Spyder.

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Jack Evans is the head of editorial for Car Dealer parent company Blackball Media. An experienced motoring journalist, he covers the latest car launches, motoring news and produces a variety of features for this website.

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