New Audi R8 Performance RWD brings 420kW

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The rear-driven version of the Audi R8 supercar has been uprated for 2022 with more power, more torque and enhanced dynamic performance.

Previously known as the R8 V10 RWD, it’s now called the R8 Performance RWD, meaning every R8 is now a Performance model.

Although its overall design is left untouched, revisions underneath aim to put “the R8 model range more firmly in the top position”.

Audi R8 Performance RWD 2021 3The 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 – shared with the Lamborghini Hurácan – remains but now produces 419kW and 550Nm (increases of 22kW and 9.5Nm), so the new variant can hit 100km/h from rest in just 3.7sec and reach a top speed of 328km/h.

As before, power is sent through a seven-speed S tronic automatic gearbox and a mechanical limited-slip differential.

Audi R8 Performance RWD 2021Both coupé and convertible versions of the rear-driven R8 continue to be available, tipping the scales at 1590kg and 1695kg respectively.

New for the R8 Performance RWD is an optional Dynamic steering set-up that “provides even more precise reaction and feedback” in corners and makes low-speed manoeuvres easier.

Audi R8 Performance RWD 2021 4The Performance RWD is largely identical to the four-wheel-drive Quattro range-topper, save for subtle differences in badging. As standard, it comes with 19in twin-spoke alloy wheels, Nappa leather sports seats, Audi’s 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit digital display and colour-coded sideblades.

Audi R8 Performance RWD 2021 15An optional Edition package, offered on both RWD and Quattro models, adds bronze 20-inch wheels, carbonfibre side blades, black badging, a Bang & Olufsen sound system and red brake callipers – which on four-wheel-drive cars are paired with carbon-ceramic brake discs.

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