2018 Audi R8 RWS

Following the ‘Hey, that worked pretty well for Porsche!’ sales model, Audi introduced an amazing assortment of special models with the R8. I’ve covered several of them, but I feel as though every time I see another I’m baffled – granted, I was not in the market for an R8 when new a few years ago, but I just don’t remember so many special models – most of which just seem to be a neat color. But that’s not the case with this one.

RWS stands for Rear Wheel Series, and of course that means that Audi gave up their famous quattro all-wheel-drive system in this particular model. It is, in fact, the only rear-wheel-drive car to be marketed as an Audi since the pre-War 920 model, I’m pretty sure. In addition to lower weight, the RWS also dropped Audi’s magnetorheological dampers – but you did still get a 540 horsepower V10 behind the seats, a limited-slip differential, upgraded suspension, and a few other special bits unique to this car. Pricing was about $160,000 when new and Audi limited sales worldwide to only 999 units – and just 320 came here. One’s up for sale:

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Year: 2018
Model: R8 RWS
VIN: WUABAAFX4J7902436
Engine: 5.2-liter V10
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Mileage: 8,000 mi
Location: Plano, Texas
Price: $137,000 Buy It Now

About this vehicle
This 2018 Audi R8 is an original. The owner has had it for 3 years. The vehicle runs great and is mainly used for weekend drives.
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Exterior
Audi R8 RWS (Rear Wheel Series) 1 of 999 Worldwide – 1 of 320 in the United States of America CARFAX One-Owner. Clean CARFAX. Ibis White, 18-Way Power Seats, 20″ Wheel Package, Alcantara Headliner, Premium Package, Wheels: 20″ 10-Spoke-Y-design Forged. 2018 Audi R8 5.2 7-Speed Automatic S tronic 5.2L V10 FSI DOHC *Vehicle will by sold by Porsche Dallas

Whether or not you like this car probably depends a lot on whether or not you like Audi. Personally, this is not my favorite car in the world, and truth be told this example is pretty lacking in information. It’s Ibis White with a bunch of extras, but that’s about all we’re told – there are basically no great photos, and even a trip to the dealer’s site doesn’t yield results. But, consider this for a minute. It’s got a naturally aspirated screaming V10 sitting behind you. It’s rear-wheel drive. And at $137,000, it’s about the cheapest of these cars you can buy – and probably the most reliable, too. Want a GT3? You’d be looking at an earlier car with salvage history to be in the same price range. McLarens? Same story. These R8s still represent huge value…admittedly, still for a lot of money.

-Carter

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2 Comments

  1. Audi now actually offers another RWD vehicle- the Q4 !

  2. James P Fuerstenberg

    I agree…very good value. 8k miles and it doesnt have the expensive to replace dampers. As you say, no possibility of a GT3 with similar age and mileage for anywhere near that price.

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