The rear-wheel drive version of the Audi R8 appears to be back in the United States for model year 2021 as there are lists for it on the EPA’s Fueleconomy.gov site. The page shows the convertible coupe and Spyder versions of the model.
Motor1.com contacted Audi USA for more information on this list. For the moment, we have not yet had an answer.
A rear-wheel drive R8 was previously available in America as a limited-edition RWS for the 2018 model year. At the end of 2019, Audi announced that the RWD R8 would be a regular part of the model line in Europe. Until this EPA listing, there was no clear indication that Audi also intended to bring the vehicle into the United States.
Fuel economy is the same for the R8 RWD Coupe and Spyder. It’s 14 miles per city gallon, 23 mpg highway and 17 mpg combined. In comparison, the AWD version gets 13 mpg in the city, 20 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg combined.
For reasons that are not currently clear, the 2018 version of the rear-wheel drive R8 has achieved slightly better fuel economy than the new one. The EPA rated it at 14 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 18 mpg highway.
The EPA website reports that the 2021 R8 RWD uses a 5.2-liter V10 and a seven-speed automatic transmission. Assuming the specifications are the same as the European model, the engine produces 532 horsepower (397 kilowatts) and 398 foot-pounds (540 Newton meters) of torque. That’s slightly less than the standard all-wheel drive version with 562 hp (419 kW) and 406 lb-ft (551 Nm).
Although there isn’t as much power, the simpler RWD layout allows this coupe to weigh 143 pounds (65 kilograms) less than the AWD version. The rear-drive Spyder receives 121 pounds (55 kilograms) of power.
The rear-drive R8 coupe can reach 100 km / h in 100 seconds and a top speed of 320 km / h. The Spyder is a little heavier, so it takes 3.8 seconds to reach 62 mph and peaks at 198 mph (318 km / h).
In Europe, the R8 RWD Coupe and Spyder are selling € 22,000 ($ 25,000 at current exchange rates) less than the basic Quattro versions. Assuming this remains true for the United States, the rear-wheel-drive coupe would start at around $ 144,900 and the convertible would be around $ 157,100.