It may be the cheapest R8, but it will be limited to just 320 examples in the U.S.

With a rear-wheel-drive setup, a powerful, mid-mounted V10, and a healthy weight loss over its all-wheel-drive counterpart, some would argue that the R8 RWS (or, Rear Wheel Series) is the one to buy. Now there’s even more reason to consider it; according to reports, the limited-edition R8 will undercut the all-wheel-drive R8 by a whopping $26,000 with an asking price of just under $140,000.

The R8 RWS will officially start at $139,950 in the U.S. (including destination), a source tells Motor Trend. The cheapest all-wheel-drive R8, meanwhile, can’t be had for anything less than $166,150. The more powerful R8 V10 Plus is the most expensive of the bunch, with an MSRP of $195,650.

At that number, the R8 RWS is reasonably priced – but there is one thing to consider: just 320 examples will be making their way to the U.S. Audi hasn’t officially given a release date for the rear-drive Audi, but did promise that the supercar will arrive, "later this year." Expect to see it in dealerships in the fourth quarter of the 2018.

Audi R8 V10 RWS
Audi R8 V10 RWS

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Of course, for a fraction of the price, you do get nearly all of the same performance. The R8 RWS comes powered by the same 5.2-liter V10 found on the all-wheel-drive model, producing 540 horsepower (402 kilowatts) and 398 pound-feet (539 Newton-meters) of torque. Even without all four wheels delivering power, it has the ability to sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in just 3.7 seconds, and on to a top speed of 199 mph (320 kmh).

The rear-wheel-drive setup also gives the R8 considerable weight savings, too. The RWS tips the scales at 3,505 pounds (1,589 kilograms), making it 110 pounds (50 kilograms) lighter than the all-wheel-drive model, but still with a ten percent-stiffer front anti-roll bar. Though we’ve already driven it, buyers in the U.S. will have to wait a few months to get their hands on one.

Source: Motor Trend

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