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The Audi R8 has had rear-wheel-drive fashions up to now, however they have been limited-production examples or race automobiles. {Today} the corporate introduced an Audi R8 RWD mannequin and it’s only a regular a part of the R8 lineup. That’s nice… however is it solely… the start?

This isn’t not like the time that Lamborghini bought a RWD Gallardo first as a sequence of particular editions just like the Balboni after which as a mainstream 550-2 model, lighter and cheaper than the traditional Gallardo with all-wheel-drive. That was, in fact, a decade or so in the past, however I received’t be mad at one other Volkswagen Group V10 sports activities automobile with energy solely going to the rear axle.

Within the case of the Audi R8 RWD, you get a 5.2-liter V10, naturally-aspirated, with 532 horsepower pushing 143 fewer kilos than the AWD model, due to not having a entrance diff or entrance axles. Good.

However this leaves an area in Audi’s lineup huge open: a 2WD R8 with energy solely going to the entrance. It isn’t a good thought, if what you need out of a automobile is efficiently getting you from A to B with out comical quantities of drama. However it is a sports activities automobile, and the entire level is to be foolish and enjoyable and thrilling. That was our solely criticism of the R8 once we drove it when it was new—it was automobile at being a automobile, simply not that nice at being a machine that made your day extra attention-grabbing. And what might be extra attention-grabbing than making an attempt to steadiness front-wheel drive with an engine sitting behind you?

Okay, sure, “attention-grabbing” is an odd alternative of phrase there. However pity the poor Audi R8-buying billionaire on the market. There isn’t a impediment they can’t purchase out of existence, there isn’t any downside they might not throw cash at till it went away.

Till they drove a front-wheel-drive Audi R8. It’ll endlessly frustrate them, like nothing else of their loves might probably do. And for that transient, hair-raising second as they use all of its understeer to plow right into a tree, they may suppose:

“Hm. Sure. Attention-grabbing.”

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