Audi R8 Engine Options

The Audi R8 RWD offers more power and sharpness than before


What is this?

Audi R8 RWD

RWD lacks a large rear spoiler


The Audi R8 is almost certainly a car that transitions into the twilight stages. The days of the large capacity supercar are numbered, as many of the R8’s competitors have already moved to smaller, more turbocharged setups for lower emissions and better fuel economy.

But the lovable V10-powered R8 does, at least for now. Updated to deliver more power than before, we’re testing it here in RWD form with power sent to the rear wheels instead of the traditional four-wheeler.

what’s new?

Audi R8 RWD

R8 . performance can be easily reached

As we already noted, the new R8 RWD gains more power than its predecessor – and that car certainly wasn’t lacking in power. You can also get it in both hardtop and ruler coupe designs, with a lightweight aluminum frame to try to keep the weight down. An array of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastics takes this effort to save weight a step further, too.

It also functions as a “beginner’s” R8, albeit still has an impressive amount of performance on hand. Some other modifications have been made to the interior, but this is a fairly mild update. There aren’t a lot of RWD-specific design touches, although eagle watchers may see “RWD” lettering appear inside the cabin.

What is under the hood?

Audi R8 RWD

5.2L V10 Engine Under the Glass

The R8’s allure has always centered on its impressive 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 engine. Now starting with 562 horsepower – 30 horsepower more than the old car – plus 550 Nm of torque, it will send the R8 RWD from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and beyond to a top speed of 204 mph. It sure is active enough.

As before, power is sent to the wheels through a seven-speed automatic gearbox. Understandably, an engine of this size wouldn’t be able to deliver high economy numbers, so Audi’s claim of 22.2 mpg isn’t surprising. The R8’s CO2 emissions of 291 g/km are pretty much what we were expecting as well.

What does driving look like?

Audi R8 RWD

R8 is fun to drive

The R8 has always been an excellent multi-tasker, and while this RWD version, of course, loses some of that all-weather capability with two all-wheel drives – rather than the four quattros – that’s still the case for the new version. It’s remarkably easy to drive, while on long rides, the R8’s well-rated suspension ensures the mileage is breezy.

This engine continues to shine, even though emissions regulations have made it more muted than before. However, it performs great with instant response and brutal acceleration. Steering feels sharper in the lighter RWD version, and while it may not be the last word in the comments, it’s subtle enough and doesn’t feel artificially heavy like we’ve seen on other performance Audi models.

How does it look?

Audi R8 RWD

The bronze wheels stand out on this car

The R8 continues to be a great looking car – in our eyes at least – with excellent proportions and some real presence. Our car came in a stunning Tango Red color with contrasting bronze wheels. It’s one of the nicer R8 specs we’ve seen.

While some may like the hefty spoiler you get on quattro Performance models, RWD’s more minimalist look is still very attractive. Not a sunflower by any means, this is still a car that turns heads wherever it goes – but the glossy black accents and more streamlined look make it feel a bit understated.

What does the place look like from the inside?

Audi R8 RWD

The cabin does not have a central screen

When the R8 first arrived, its cabin looked like a real step forward, with its lack of a center display and Virtual Cockpit setup to ensure the driver was free of distractions. And while that’s still the case, the R8’s cabin is just starting to feel somewhat aged. While it’s nice to have physical controls for the heating and ventilation, the whole thing feels a bit off pace when compared to the competition.

The cabin offers surprising space for its occupants, keep in mind, while there’s plenty of room for a weekend of luggage. At 112 liters inside the front of the car, you’ll find more trunk space in a compact city car, but it pays to have the option.

what are the specifications?

Audi R8 RWD

Handy designed small front box

As mentioned, the R8’s Virtual Cockpit setup seemed to be next level when it first arrived but these days it’s starting to creak a bit. The navigation system wasn’t quite as detailed while navigating the separate menus which is tricky. Apple CarPlay is included, but again, this is a system that thrives on when operating via a touchscreen, so using it via a rotary console is tricky. During our time with the car, Apple CarPlay could deliver a phone call, but for some reason, the mic in the car wouldn’t pick up our audio.

At just over £150,000, the R8 RWD certainly isn’t cheap, but what you’re really paying is all that engineering and theater. It’s a bit unfortunate that in-car technology feels a little off pace.


The R8 may be entering its final years – and an all-electric successor is expected to be on the cards – but this RWD version shows that this is a car to enjoy while it’s still here. While the cabin may be showing signs of its many years in existence, it’s a fun and totally usable supercar that can really engage you in everyday tasks without any hesitation.

The V10 may have been quieted by the regulations, but it’s still one of the best cars ever. With the push for downsizing and electrification, it’s something we celebrate as often as we can.

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