Good/bad news! The new Audi R8 will be electric
Yes, unfortunately it appears we won't get a new V10 after all.
Ever since it was first introduced over a decade ago, the Audi R8 has always been considered a great car, and somewhat of a bargain in relative terms, because it is easier to live with and relatively cheaper to run than most supecars. You could even call it discreet. Then of course, there's its V8 and its V10.
However, no point sugarcoating it, this is about to change because Oliver Hoffmann, managing director of Audi Sport, has recently revealed that the next R8 will, you've guessed it, be powered by electricity and it might even have a new name. There have been several rumours and reports about Audi turning the R8 into an EV and although the final decision hasn’t been made yet, the roadmap seems clear. Hoffmann confirmed that there is going to be an electric R8 in the future, although at the moment they haven’t decided what sort of powertrain they’re going to use. The idea of an electric R8 isn't new, we've seen it in several concept cars over the years, but it never actually made into production.
The R8 has been both a commercial and critical success since its introduction in 2006 and that’s why Hoffman believes it’s important to get the next step right. He also said, this is the good news, that the current generation R8 has still got a long way to go and they have something in store for us, including a high-performance rear-wheel drive version based on the GT3 racer, before the next gen comes along.
The E-Tron is the only Audi EV you can go out and buy today and the new Audi Sport E-Tron GT BEV, is expected in late 2020. It’s based on the same platform as the Porsche Taycan, but will built alongside the R8 at Audi Sport’s Böllinger Höfe assembly plant in Germany.
Furthermore, Audi Sport will launch a new limited edition supercar called the E-Tron GTR, which will be powered by three electric motors for a combined power of 490kW.
There’s a lot on a plate for Audi because they’re not only working on mild-hybrids, plug-in hybrids and EVs but they’re also working on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Either way, Hoffmann confirmed that a new combustion engine R8 after this one is unlikely.