It looks like Audi is going to send the R8 out with a bang. According to a recent report from Top Gear, there’s a good chance a track-focused Audi R8 will debut at the tail end of its life-cycle, to celebrate not only the R8 but its legendary V10.
When asked if there would be any more extreme version of the R8, something similar to Porsche GT cars, Sebastian Grams, head of RS cars at Audi Sport, gave an interesting answer.
“What I can say is that we have plans to do more. There will definitely be more [cars] to come on this generation of R8 platform. And as you can see from the R8 with rear-wheel drive we are trying to bring ‘fun-to-drive’ to the front,” he said.
“What we are doing is trying to make the most out of the [R8’s] life cycle. At the moment people are enjoying the R8 and we have a lot of sales. But I can tell you we have enough ideas for the future.”
That sounds like Audi has a more extreme rear-wheel drive version in the works. Or at least is debating such a thing. After driving the rear-wheel drive version of the Audi R8, most enthusiasts agree it’s the better driving version. So a faster, more exciting one would really excite the fanbase.
According to this same report, Audi execs are claiming that the brand is toying with the “R8 GT” name, which has been missing since the first-gen car, of which only 333 Coupes and 333 Spyders were made . That first-gen Audi R8 GT was beloved by its select owners, though. Not only was it nicer to drive than its standard counterpart but it looked the business as well, with a fixed rear wing, 100 kg (220 lbs) diet, and additional 30 horsepower. If Audi were to remake the GT with a similar recipe, consider us hungry.
The current Audi R8 is an incredible car and an underappreciated one. A lighter, faster, better looking, rear-wheel drive Audi R8 would be one helluva send off for a brilliant car. More importantly, it would give the naturally-aspirated 5.2 liter V10 a swansong, before it gets retired and replaced with an EV.
[Source: Top Gear]