Audi Used Cars Near Me – For companies like Audi, the RWS R8 is a big problem. RWS means Rear Wheel Series; in layman’s terms, a R8 rear-wheel-drive. It was a drastic departure for the brand that built its image around the greatness of Quattro all-wheel drive. You know, the same brand that is actually used to call its performance division, Quattro GmbH.
Now, under the Audi Sport hood, cars like RWS R8 can realistically exist without contradictions. And thankfully, because the R8 which has historically not been released responds well when you loosen the collar. For supercars that are usually so elevated and right in action, this new ability to kick its tail around a sharp bend is a serious breath.
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Did I mention it was a relative offer, too?
Same experience, less money
RWS 2018 Audi R8 V10 starts at $ 138,700, not including $ 1,250 for purpose and $ 1,300 for dirty gas taxes. That means the price is $ 26,200 cheaper than the Q8 which is equipped with Quattro and $ 55,700 cheaper than the stronger R8 V10 Plus. But at the point the RWS R8 does not look or feel like a discount product.
In the approach, the same R8 that we have known since 2015. RWS gets a matte black grille, and is only equipped with gloss black wheels. The colored side blades on the underbody, but that itself is available as an option in other R8 models. Only the red line design makes this car separate from its more expensive relatives, and even that is the $ 450 option that you can check or uncheck at your discretion.
Enter the RWS cockpit and, again, it’s the same as the other R8. You are welcomed by the excellent Virtual Cockpit digital measuring cluster in Audi, with embedded navigation, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The small air vent housing and trio of temperature control are all found in the central stack. Move down and you will find gear selector – there is still no manual transmission, by the way – and the redundant play button that serves as a handwriting pad, controls the MMI infotainment found in a 12.3-inch digital screen.
The RWS cabin is as comfortable as advanced technology like the other Audi R8. The only difference is a limited numbered plaque on the dashboard.
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The Alcantara headliner, the illuminated door frame, all leather-wrapped, the 18-way seat and the Bang & Olufsen sound system are part of the $ 7,800 Premium package. Carbon fiber trim comes at an extra cost of $ 3,400, which feels almost unnecessary, but given the RWS cost savings above the R8 Quattro, I think I can go with a little more interior.
In fact, the only change in the interior was found on a small plaque on the dashboard. Where the standard R8 displays the Quattro logo here, RWS ‘reads’ 1 of 999 – – the total number of Audi Rear Wheel Series cars will be built. If not, the cockpit is as comfortable and quiet as the other R8 versions, with a 5.2-liter V10 shout located right behind your ear.
Same as capable, and a little more fun
I really like this machine. The Audi V10 is naturally sucked into singing one of my favorite supercar songs, and actually steps on the wah-wah pedal as you approach the 8.500-rpm reduction line. Instead of the stronger R8 V10 Plus specification, the RWS uses a 5.2 liter engine base, although there is almost no “base” of about 532 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. The RWS R8 is a little slower than its brother Quattro under hard acceleration, although Audi still expects a 0-62-mph time of very fast 3.7 seconds.
There is a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 located in the center of the ship, and this is one of the best machines you can buy today.
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With two less driven wheels, the RWS R8 is slightly lighter than its siblings equipped with Quattro. Approximately 110 pounds lost, mostly from the front end, requires recalibration of the steering and suspension.
Interestingly, while the steering weight itself is lighter, there is more feedback. The feeling of dead-on-center typical of Audi is there, with things that weigh well when you change direction. With the Drive Select dial set to Dynamic, there is great action on the steering wheel while negotiating a long series of winding uphill roads. However, return to Auto or Comfort, and R8 is easy to maneuver as A4 when you are looking for free space in the shop parking area.
On the other hand, the sports suspension remains actually more rigid. Not drastically – really so that the car can handle 100 percent of its power sent backwards. But RWS maintains the extraordinary calm of the R8: tense and agile when pushed hard, but as benign and obedient as other Audi while sailing on the highway.
This might have a rear wheel drive, but it doesn’t suddenly turn the R8 into a tail-out hooligan.
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Now, don’t think that the rear wheel drive suddenly turns the R8 into a drift engine. This is still a sports car’s automotive touch weapon, the flare that shines from the middle engine balance and is hardly crazy when pushed to the limit. The only difference is the oversteer cuteness that accompanies hammer-down acceleration from tight turns. Fast pedals and steering work will neutralize unwanted discomfort, but even so, it is not easy to break the R8.
What we have here is a different R8 from its twin brother Quattro while maintaining many similarities. Driven around the city or on good roads, you probably will never know RWS loses the front axle power – that is, unless you go the swan out of the parking lot and the butt steps out. Don’t drive it like a fool, and RWS will give you a prize with a world-supercar experience that we expect from the Audi R8.
Such a bargain
Even though I actually dug up $ 450 RWS – a certain red line, I will pass them on my build. Instead, I will spend a little more and get the Ara Blue Crystal paint for $ 1,075. Audi only allows you to specify lines on one of the monochromatic colors. And if you want gloss or matte luxury-shmancy paint, Audi will be happy to do it for you – each for $ 3,900 or $ 6,800.
The RWS special red line is the $ 450 option, and although now how do I determine my personal R8, I like it enough.
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From there, I will spend $ 1,500 on the 20-inch black wheels seen in this test car, because they don’t damage the ride quality and look much better than the standard 19s. I will add a $ 7,800 Premium package, which gets me out of the door with $ 150,325, including destination and gas guzzler fees.
The car tested here, which added carbon fiber interiors, came to $ 154,400. Even all loaded, the RWS R8 is still cheaper at $ 10,500 from the R8 Quattro base.
And that, my friends, is what makes RWS R8 so desirable. It offers a supercar experience as smart as the other R8s, with a different enough to make it feel more special. Like every other R8, it is the type of car that you can actually live everyday (assuming you don’t need to carry more than one other passenger). But the fact that RWS adds a little involvement – not to mention the inherent exclusivity – makes it a free choice for me.
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