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The Audi R8 RWS offers a different flavor of fun

The Audi R8 has been a staple of the supercar landscape for quite some time. The Quattro four-wheel-drive system made it the all-weather supercar. Now there's a Rear-wheel-driver version. Will this add something the R8 has been missing or does the R8 RWS leave out the key ingredient that made the Quattro version so good?

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George Peck
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Audi R8 RWS, short for rear-wheel-series, is the first rear-wheel-drive Audi in a very long time.

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There's almost nothing on the outside to hint at the fact that this is not a Quattro Audi R8.

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The R8 RWS has the same naturally aspirated V10 as its sibling.

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That engine still sounds phenomenal too.

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The current Quattro R8 feels rear-biased most of the time, so in normal driving conditions you won't notice a difference. 

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push it past the limit of grip though and the difference in having two fewer spinning wheels becomes apparent. 

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Some say that rear-wheel-drive makes the R8 RWS more a car for purists.

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It certainly adds a new dimension to driving the R8. It's not necessarily better, just different.

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Only 999 examples of the R8 RWS will be made.

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