2022 Audi R8 Performance RWD Spyder Review: Heresy Has Its Place

After being absent from the R8’s lineup for a handful of years, Germany is once again offering a Quattroless version of its flagship, the 2022 Audi R8 Performance Spyder RWD. I’ve just spent a week with it and I think I understand it now. In fact, I may have even been wrong about it. Kinda.

Regardless of how many wheels are driven, it’s not like this R8 was ever going to be dull to drive — Audi’s 5.2-liter V10 would never allow it. This naturally aspirated, mid-mounted masterwork remains one of the greatest high-performance engines on sale, arguably one of the best of all time. Yes, there are sports cars that offer more horsepower and certainly more torque for fewer dollars, but I can’t think of one that delivers its power in a more consistently thrilling fashion — especially sonically. 

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