The news of a rear-wheel drive and V6-engine powered R8 has been swirling around the car internet for the past couple of years. Though the rumors of a rear-wheel R8 by Audi turned out to be true with Audi launching the ‘purist’ R8 RWS, while the news about the new 2.9-liter V6 used in the RS5 finding its way into the mid-engine performance car stops here: It's not happening. Audi has not sold a single entry-level R8 since the V8 version died in 2015.
However, the rumors weren’t totally baseless as the pictures of Audi’s own roadmap displayed a V6 R8 in 2018. The idea behind it might have been to make the R8 more on hand for the numbers game, but it appears that the idea of a V6 for the flagship supercar of Audi might have not been executed well with brand R8 which now positions in the big league with the likes of Lamborghini V10 under its hood.
The rumors of a V6-powered R8 started around February 2015, a month prior to the debut of the second-generation R8. The technical lead for the R8, Roland Schala, told Top Gear in an interview "the V6 is a perfect engine for this kind of car. We have a lot of potential with the V6." After a year, a supposed Audi future product outline was displayed on Autoblog (via AutoBahn.eu), appearing to signify a V6-powered R8 would launch in the year 2018.