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2018 Audi R8 V10 RWS: Rear-wheel drive makes the heart grow fonder

Audi's iconic R8 is at its best in limited-edition Rear Wheel Series form.

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Steven Ewing
Steven Ewing spent his childhood reading car magazines, making his career as an automotive journalist an absolute dream job. After getting his foot in the door at Automobile while he was still a teenager, Ewing found homes on the mastheads at Winding Road magazine, Autoblog and Motor1.com before joining the CNET team in 2018. He has also served on the World Car Awards jury. Ewing grew up ingrained in the car culture of Detroit -- the Motor City -- before eventually moving to Los Angeles. In his free time, Ewing loves to cook, binge trash TV and play the drums.
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Only 999 examples of the Audi R8 RWS will be sold.

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RWS means Rear Wheel Series, as in, rear-wheel drive.

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For a company like Audi, whose brand reputation has long centered around Quattro all-wheel drive, the switch to rear-wheel drive is a big deal.

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Mounted amidships is a 5.2-liter V10 with 532 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque.

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The RWS is about 110 pounds lighter than a Quattro-equipped R8.

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The RWS-specific red stripe is a $450 option.

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Otherwise, the RWS looks the same as any other R8.

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LED headlights and taillights are standard.

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Side intakes feed cool air into the monstrous V10 engine.

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