Strong Performance but for Less Cash!

Now may be the time for budget-conscious Audi R8 Coupe and Spyder lovers to take the leap into their dream cars. The automaker just announced that rear-wheel drive (RWD) versions of both are permanent editions to the lineup beginning with the 2021 model year. The RWD models lack some of the charisma you find on the higher-end quattro models, most notably a drop of 70 points in horsepower and slightly less torque.

2021 Audi R8 RWD: Engine & Powertrain

Still, RWD models have the same 5.2-liter V10 and seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission as the quattro versions. The naturally aspirated engine generates 532 horsepower and 398 lb-ft. of torque (602 horsepower and 413 lb-ft. of torque for the quattro). Plus, Audi engineered the RWD models to sprint. The Coupe goes from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and has a top track speed of 201 mph. The Spyder clocks in at 3.7 seconds and has a top track speed of 204 mph.

That’s solid performance for RWD models despite the drop in power output. Audi credits much of it to the weight loss from dropping the all-wheel drive components, including the prop shaft, front axles, multi-plate clutch, and front differential. Still, you may be disappointed in the dip in performance combined with making some Audi niceties, including laser lights and high-gloss cabin surrounds, optional on the RWD.

However, what won’t disappoint you is the price.

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