REPORT: Audi R8 RWS to get a second run

When Audi developed the R8 RWS, it was the first time the four rings have ever been placed on a rear-wheel drive car. Though, it wasn’t a widely available car, as Audi only made 999 of them. Despite those limited numbers, the Audi R8 RWS was quite the success. In fact, it was so successful that Audi wants to give it a second go.

The Audi R8 is currently undergoing a bit of a facelift, which will arrive either later this year or early next year. With that facelift, another Audi R8 RWS is in the works.

According to a report from Autocar, Audi Marketing Manager Linda Kurz said that a facelifted Audi R8 RWS is “something that we are looking into”, claiming the first model to be a “great success”.

This seems like a good idea, if you ask us. The Audi R8 is already on its last legs, as the execs in Ingolstadt plan on killing the R8 off by 2020. So why not let it go out with a bang and give it as many exciting model variants as possible? Plus, it’s been said that the Audi R8 RWS is the best variant of the mid-engine supercar. Its lighter weight and more direct steering make it slightly more enjoyable to drive, even if it only comes with the base car’s 540 hp.

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Our only request for the facelifted Audi R8 RWS is to make its differences from the standard all-wheel drive car more vast. So lighten it even further, make it a bit more thrilling and give its steering some extra purity. Give buyers a specific reason to want the RWS over the standard R8. Because aside from its lighter weight and ever-so-slightly better steering, the current R8 RWS isn’t that much different from the standard car. Make it happen, Audi.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.