New Audi R8 Performance RWD hits the road

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Audi has released an updated version of its R8 Performance RWD, bringing more power and performance to its rear-wheel-drive supercar.

The new R8 Performance RWD – or R8 V10 RWD as it was previously known – gains a significant number of mechanical revisions, though the car’s layout remains the same as before.

It retains the same 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 engine, but it now pushes out 562bhp – a 30bhp boost on the previous model. Torque is up too, rising by 10Nm to 550Nm. Audi claims that this helps the R8 RWD to go from 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds before heading onwards to a 204mph top speed.

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

It’s available as a hard-top coupe and a drop-top Spyder, with the former weighing in at 1,590kg and the latter 1,695kg. Both benefit from the use of a lightweight aluminium body and a number of 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 to manage the power.

Essentially acting as an entry point to the R8 range in the UK, the RWD packs plenty of standard equipment including 19-inch forged alloy wheels, sport seats and a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit.

Those looking for even more equipment could opt for the new Edition version. This brings 20-inch cast aluminium wheels finished in a bronze colour, Nappa leather-trimmed seats with contrast stitching and a Bang & Olufsen stereo.

Prices for the R8 V10 Performance RWD start from £126,885 with the coupe, or £135,575 for the Spyder.

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