Audi reportedly working on 950hp electric supercar
With car manufacturers collectively making the switch from combustion engines to electric drivetrains, many car makers are facing the dilemma of the future of their better-known nameplates.
This is no truer than for Audi. Both the TT and R8 have been staples of the brand’s line-up for over a decade and have a very strong fanbase. The R8’s fame comes from the performance and sound coming from its V10 engine, despite its reasonable price. An electric version is sure to lose the soul of the range topping supercar, isn't it?
With the TT already confirmed to return as an EV, it’s becoming increasingly likely that the R8 name will not be returning after the current generation dies out. In fact, according to Car Magazine, Audi has already paid a visit to electricity guru Mate Rimac’s factory in Croatia with the intention of collaborating to create the next Audi supercar.
Reports suggest that Audi wants to create a two-seater electric replacement for the Audi R8 that will bear the “RS e-Tron” name. Set to be unveiled in 2023 or 2024, the RS e-Tron will be powered by a four motor electric drivetrain totally developed by Rimac that will give the car 950hp. Thanks to all-wheel drive and a light weight aluminium monocoque, the RS e-Tron should hit 60mph from a standstill in just 2.5 seconds.
The reason Audi is getting close to Rimac for this project is to keep costs as low as possible. The Croatian company already has the technology and experience to create such a car. In fact, it has helped with the creation of the Porsche Taycan and the Aston Martin Valkyrie, and is currently in talks with Bugatti. Now that’s a good resume.
Despite Audi attempting to reduce costs, the RS e-Tron is expected to be priced around the €200,000 mark which is quite a departure from the modest R8’s price tag. However, the electric technology clearly gives a performance boost over the internal combustion equivalent.
If 2024 is too long to wait for a sporty Audi EV, the e-Tron GT is expected to hit showroom forecourts as soon as next year.