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RWS? A rear-wheel steer Audi R8? No, a rear-wheel drive Audi R8. The S stands, rather misleadingly, for Series. But what we have here, besides an R8 lacking a pair of front driveshafts, is very interesting. Why’s that? Because of what R8 Rear Wheel Series represents. When was the last time Audi did a rear-wheel-drive sports car? You have to go so far back for it to be pointless. Back to a time before the legendary Quattro, before even sports cars were invented. To all intents and purposes this is Audi’s first ever rear-wheel drive car. And that matters. It shows, in a way that far outstrips the fact Audi is only making 999 of them, that the days of dull Audis are over, that it wants to be taken seriously as a builder of purist sports cars. At least I hope it does. If not we’ll just chalk this one up as another colossal missed opportunity.