After the huge success of Audi R8 RWS, Audi Sport is seriously considering a more extreme version of R8. It will retain its road-legal status but will come with several visual and mechanical changes. It is set to built on success of R8 RWS and will challenge the likes of Mercedes-AMG GT (R) Black Series. This news was hinted by company’s performance division head, Oliver Hoffman while talking to Pistonheads. He even hinted that this program has many internal supports, in fact he mentioned that pedestrian safety standards are one such area that potentially holds it back for a new RWD R8 model.
After R8 LMS GT3 won at 24 Hours of Nurburgring he said that they have some good ideas for an extreme R8 and are happy with powerful exterior design and dubbed it as amazing which people wants to drive on the street. Racing car engine is almost identical to road car’s but they have GT3 drivers testing chassis. Oliver gave the example of Frank Stippler who drove GT3 car and he is acting as development guy for testing of road cars. Audi’s desire to come up with track-focused version of R8 won’t have major change when it comes to power. It is because Audi is not interested in electrified version of naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine.
Hoffman hinted that they are focusing on handling, referring to GT3-derived chassis featuring brake upgrades and suspension along with bodywork add-ons inspired by the racer. As, second-gen Audi R8 has been since 2015 with refreshed version released last year, a derivative would a perfect send off. Talks regarding the successor are underway and looks like it might be getting a fully electric powertrain. Oliver also said that despite the huge success of Audi R8 RWS, other models won’t be getting rear-wheel drive or the modified Quattro AWD system. Similar to that is BMW xDrive that enables to new M5 to past anything with a push of a button. SQ8 TDI will be joined by RS Q8 as company’s top SUV.