Audi has taken their performance promise to a new level with a powerful upgrade to the new sporty 2022 Audi R8 V10 Performance RWD. Here are a few need-to-know details on specs, driving, design, and prices for the new Audi R8 rear-drive version…
Models replaced: The base versions of both models, the R8 V10 quattro and the R8 V10 RWD as a Coupé and Spyder, will be replaced by the new performance models. This puts the R8 model range more firmly in the top position.
More power: The new Audi R8 Performance RWD gets a boost under the hood with a mid-mounted engine boasting 570 PS. The naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 remains but now produces 562bhp. This allows the car to hit 62mph from start in just 3.7 seconds (3.8 seconds for the Spyder). It can reach a top speed of 204mph.
Cutting-edge materials: As with all R8s, the body is built of aluminium using the Audi Space Frame (ASF) design, with large parts made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP). The Coupé version of the R8 V10 performance RWD thus weighs a mere 1,590kg, with the Spyder version weighing in at 1,695kg.
Choice of Colours: The new R8 is available in ten colour options. One of them is Ascari Blue Metallic, a colour that was previously only available for the R8 V10 performance quattro.
Driving made fun: The suspension and driving dynamics are specifically balanced for the rear-wheel drive. When Sport Mode is activated in the Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC), the suspension setup and control systems will allow controlled drifts.
Steering elevated: The electromechanical power steering provides close contact with the road. Dynamic steering, available for the first time for the rear-wheel drive R8, provides even more precise reaction and feedback. This makes driving more dynamic through more direct steering, for example on curvy country roads or when turning. It also increases comfort by making steering easier, such as when parking or manoeuvring.
Solid braking: The RWD sport suspension is adapted specifically for rear-wheel drive, has double wishbones and a passive differential lock. The axle distribution is 40:60. Extra-light 19 and 20-inch aluminium cast wheels ensure precise handling and lane control in quick turns. An 18-inch high-performance steel braking system with a wave design provides the necessary deceleration.
Design features of the Audi R8 V10 performance quattro: The overtly sporty design is inspired by its GT4 siblings. Elements of this include the broad, flat Singleframe radiator grille in matte black with an R8 emblem flanked by large air intakes, the front splitter and rear air outlet grid as well as the oval tailpipes. The slit under the front hood is reminiscent of the legendary Audi Sport quattro.
Racecar feelings inside: The tight lines of the design set the tone inside the car as well. Its most eye-catching element is the “Monoposto” – the large, heavily contoured arch that spans the area in front of the driver’s seat and is strongly reminiscent of a racecar cockpit.
The Monoposto: It encloses the Audi virtual cockpit with a 12.3-inch screen, which is integrated into a freestanding casing. The R8 leather steering wheel with Multifunction plus offers two or, in the performance quattro version, four control satellites. Each is used for different functions; Audi drive select, to start the engine, to activate Performance Mode and the engine sound, and to control the Audi virtual cockpit. Drivers and passengers can enjoy the ride in their optionally available R8 bucket or sport seats, upholstered in leather. A badge with the RWD emblem shimmers in front of the passenger seat.
2022 Audi R8 V10 Performance RWD UK pricing and spec: The arrival of the R8 V10 performance RWD marks a new entry point to the Audi UK line-up. As standard, the newcomer comes fitted with a wealth of new luxury and performance features that cements the model’s position as the ultimate everyday supercar. The generous specification includes 19-inch twin-spoke forged alloy wheels finished in matt titanium, a gloss black styling pack, and R8 sports seats with fine Nappa leather. There’s a flat-bottomed steering wheel, 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit, Audi phone Box with wireless charging and the famous sideblades finished in bodycolour.
The Audi R8 V10 Performance RWD Coupe starts from £126,885, with the top-of-the-range trim coming in at £153,990. The Spyder is priced from £135,575, with the top trim level priced from £162,680.
The Audi R8 V10 performance RWD can be ordered from October 21. If you can’t wait until then, our Prestige business currently has the 17 reg Audi R8 V10 Plus Quattro in stock and ready to ship.