The rear-wheel drive Audi R8 has evolved from a limited edition to a permanent release in some products, but it is not currently sold in the United States.
The EPA fuel consumption lists show the rear-wheel drive Audi R8 as a 2021 model. The equipment lists for the 2021 R8 Coupé and the Spyder “2WD” are displayed online next to the all-wheel drive models. An EPA listing doesn’t necessarily mean a model is coming, but it’s a pretty good indicator.
In case you’re wondering, the EPA listings show slightly better mileage for the rear-wheel drive variants. Rear-wheel drive models are listed at 17 combined mpg (14 urban-mpg, 23 highway-mpg), compared to 16 combined mpg (13 urban-mpg, 20 highway-mpg) for all-wheel drive models.
Note that this is the only indication so far that the rear-wheel drive R8 is being sold in the US. Audi has not made any announcements about the model.
In other markets, the rear-wheel drive R8 retains the 5.2-liter V-10 and 7-speed dual clutch transmission from the all-wheel drive model, but the engine has a little less power. It delivers 532 hp and 298 lb-ft of torque, compared to the 562 hp and 406 lb-ft of the old R8 all-wheel-drive system.
Audi also placed an order for a new brand name “R8 Green Hell” in Europe this year. Regarding the famous Nürburgring nickname, the dossier points to plans for a possible variant of the Hardcore R8. However, Audi has not commented on this possibility even though it wants to use the name. Automakers sometimes keep brand names in mind without a specific model in mind to secure the names for possible future use.
The new Green Hell name could be a swan song for the current generation R8. Audi could also replace the R8 with an electric car or at least an electric car.