The 2021 Audi R8 V10 RWD, which comes as a natural evolution of the limited-run R8 RWS, only this time the new member is a permanent fixture in the lineup.
Joining the 2021 R8 V10 performance quattro Coupe and Spyder, the 2021 R8 V10 RWD Coupe and Spyder feature the same high-revving, naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10, albeit with 70 HP and 15 lb-ft (20 Nm) less. As with the limited-edition R8 V10 RWS, the V10 in the R8 RWD makes 532 HP (540 PS) and 398 lb-ft (539 Nm) of torque and is mated to a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission.
The R8 RWD is only marginally slower than its AWD counterpart, with the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint taking 3.6 seconds for the Coupe (3.7 seconds for the Spyder) – a loss of just 0.4 seconds over the quattro models. The top speed is 201 mph (323 km/h) for the hardtop variant and 200 mph (322 km/h) for the open-top model; the equivalent quattro variants are 4 mph (6 km/h) faster.
The 2021 Audi R8 V10 RWD coupe and Spyder get unique design elements. The front blade, side sill inserts, and rear diffuser are all painted gloss black, while the side blades sport Mythos black paint and the exhaust tips are chrome. The all-wheel-drive R8 V10 Performance models have matte titanium lower trim; the side blades, mirror housings, and rear spoiler have a carbon finish; and the tailpipes are black.
Inside, the 2021 R8 V10 RWD features Fine Nappa leather upholstery and 14-way power sport seats as standard. An available Premium package upgrades the cabin to 18-way adjustable power seats with pneumatic side and leg bolsters, Alcantara headliner, extended leather package, 550-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system with 13 individual surrounding speakers, as well as illuminated door sill inlays.
Audi also announced a new interior package for R8 Performance models. The R8 Performance Design package adds Mercato blue diamond contrast stitching to the standard leather- and Alcantara-upholstered racing shell seats, a full leather package, Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, and floor mats. The package also comes with blue ceramic brake calipers, an Alcantara shift lever, and a leather shifter boot with the Mercato blue stitching.
Prices for the 2021 Audi R8 V10 RWD start from $142,700 for the Coupe and $154,900 for the Spyder. The R8 V10 Performance Coupe quattro kicks off at $196,700, while the Spyder tops the range at $208,900. All prices exclude a $1,495 destination charge and $1,700 gas guzzler tax ($2,100 for the Performance models).