The puristic character of the new R8 variant is underscored by the matt black grille of the Singleframe and the matt black air apertures at the front and rear of the car. The upper sideblade (of the Coupe) is finished in gloss black, the lower blade in the body colour. Similar to the R8 LMS GT4, the Coupe is available with an optional red film running over the front bonnet, roof and rear end.
Inside the cockpit, the driver and passenger sit in sport seats covered in leather and Alcantara. Bucket seats are available as an option. The dashboard bears an emblem “1 of 999,” indicating the limited number of units.
The mid-mounted V10 engine of the Audi R8 V10 RWS produces 540bhp and delivers its peak torque of 540Nm at 6500rpm. The 5.2-litre FSI engine accelerates the Coupe from 0 to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds (Spyder: 3.8 seconds) and beyond to a top speed of 320km/h (Spyder: 318km/h).
The Coupé weights 1509 kilograms (without driver) – 50kg less than the R8 Coupe with all-wheel-drive which needs additional components like propshaft, multi-plate clutch and center differential. The 1680kg Spyder is 40kg lighter than the R8 Spyder V10. The axle load distribution of 40.6:59.4 (Coupe) and 40.4:59.6 (Spyder), together with chassis and handling tuning specially adapted for rear-wheel-drive, provide for incredibly fun driving.
The chassis setup and control systems allow controlled drifts if the driver chooses Dynamic mode in the standard Audi Drive Select dynamic handling system and sets the Stabilisation Control ESC to Sport. The ESC intervenes reliably at the limit. The electro-mechanical power steering is completely free of torque steer and enables precise handling.
The Audi R8 V10 RWS rolls on black-finished, 19-inch cast aluminum wheels in a five-spoke V-design, with 245/35 tyres up front and 295/35 tyres at the rear.