A growing trend among supercars is a higher price for cars with less options. It might seem counter-intuitive, but it costs more to build a few cars without the same features as the majority. They slow down the assembly line as special procedures and parts are needed to delete commonly used systems. One brand is looking to reverse that trend, and that is why the 2021 Audi R8 RWD Coupe & Spyder prove that less is more.
In the past they have offered limited editions of the R8 without quattro and enthusiasts jumped at the opportunity. Once again they have heard our pleas, so the Rear Wheel Drive models are not permanent members of the lineup. Losing the front axles along with the center and front differentials shaves over 200 lbs from the chassis. As such, engineers reinforced the cockpit and rear suspension points for optimal weight transfer and torsional stability.
The rear axles are now solid, forged steel to replace the tubular one found on all previous models. They must handle 602 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque from the big V10. They even went as far as to offer a carbon fiber front sway bar to shave 5 lbs off the nose. Here in the sunshine state, AWD is only useful in Hurricane Season, but we keep our nice cars put away once the snowbirds get scared. The previous RWD coupe had a tad too much oversteer, so we can barely wait to put these two to the test.
We saved the best for last, as you will save $50,000 compared to the quattro models. Audi is asking $142,700 for the Coupe and $154,900 for the Spyder. Even adjusted for inflation, these are the most affordable R8 models ever offered, and they are also the most powerful. Click the button to learn more from our dealers and stay with us for all your Audi news.