Audi has changed the R8 RWD with a extra highly effective Efficiency mannequin and ditched the entry-level quattro model of the supercar
It all the time appeared a bit imply spirited of Audi to present the R8 RWD a ‘mere’ 533bhp, however that’s now been rectified. That automotive has been changed by the brand new R8 Efficiency RWD, which is nice for 562bhp – precisely the identical because the entry-level quattro, which now we have some information for additionally. Extra on that later.
The 0-62mph time for the rear-driven R8 is unchanged, with the deed accomplished in 3.7 seconds as earlier than. The highest velocity has gone up, although, from 198mph to 204mph (203mph within the Spyder). Not brisk sufficient for you? You’ll have to ditch the R8’s (relative) subtlety and go for the associated Lamborghini Huracan Evo RWD, which develops 602bhp and hits 62mph in 3.3sec.
The visible cues of the outgoing mannequin stay, that means you’ll be able to inform considered one of these aside from the all-wheel drive R8s by trying on the facet blades. Right here, the decrease sections are body-coloured, and the higher elements are gloss black. A extra apparent giveaway could be seen on the passenger facet of the dashboard – an enormous ‘RWD’ badge.
All Efficiency RWD fashions have a gloss black styling pack and 19-inch twin-spoke solid wheels as commonplace, upgradable to 20s with the ‘Version’ trim degree. This additionally provides carbon fibre sideblades, carbon ceramic brakes, fancy Nappa leather-based and blacked-out Audi four-ring logos.
As earlier than, the dearth of Torsen centre differential and entrance driveshafts makes for first rate weight financial savings of 65kg for the coupe and 55kg for the Spyder. RWD fashions additionally get a rejigged ESC system, which permits for “managed drift[s]” in ESC Sport. For the primary time in a rear-driven R8, there’s additionally the choice of Audi’s variable Dynamic Steering setup.
Coinciding with the arrival of the Efficiency RWD, Audi has simplified the R8 vary. The RWD is considered one of solely two core variations obtainable, the opposite being the Efficiency quattro. The entry-level V10 quattro has been ditched, which isn’t massively shocking because the Efficiency has all the time been rather more common. Plus, Audi did the identical factor for the US market some time again, so this isn’t with out precedent.
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The value of the Efficiency RWD is £126,885, which is about £7,000 greater than the previous RWD. If you would like the Spyder model, you’ll have to half with £135,575, whereas the quattro is now £146,990 in coupe kind or £155,680 as a Spyder. Version trim provides £11,000 to the costs of the RWD fashions, and £7,000 to the quattro automobiles. All can be found to order from 21 October.