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.

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  • The biggest problem is that cars are not the problem and governments, scientists, EU committees etc they all perfectly know this. We produce more green house emissions than all active Western Hemisphere cars during deforestation (not the impact of cutting the actual rain forest; just the energy we use on cutting and clearing it); public and freight transport; cruise ships and container ships; (animal) farming or heating homes; offices); industry (and the list goes on) are each independently bigger polluters than all modern European cars on the road today. Let’s not even go to what’s needed for producing batteries on this scale and that we can’t even charge them cleanly in most countries. how rare earth metals are being extracted etc etc. I’m utterly fed up with the surface treatment of hating on car owners; pressuring car companies to make minidiscs (EVs - technology that we can make work, but is outdated; stupid when it comes out) meanwhile doing little to fuck all on all the issues that make up 90+% of the actual problem we are facing with man made pollution; trash and climate change. If we turned all 500 million or so European cars to electric by a magic wand - we could not charge them even remotely cleanly with the current infrastructure and outside of minor improvements in local air quality it would not make a dent on the greenhouse gas emissions globally (if we continue doing all the unregulated stupid shit we do elsewhere.) This is the wrong battle; it’s too small and mostly pointless. It literally takes off the attention from the real issues of climate change and what we are doing to the planet. It’s popular politics; highly visible and easily done; but the inconvenient truth is that cars (especially supercars in low volumes barely driven the national avg kms / private car) are literally next to nothing; a nuisance; a rounding error in the global picture. Finally: as regular cars with avg fuel consumption - EVs bullshit about range and charging time (super optimal conditions; right charging stations etc etc) - they are appliances with laptop batteries that have a bit higher energy density. Much like your iPhone or your PC they will become useless pieces of shits in 5-10 years at the very very latest over the air updates or not. Just stop it. The entire EV development as is today - is a farce that costs hundreds of billions for no real reason. It also favors the wealthy (who can more easily buy a new car) and widens the income device. The rate at which we buy new cars (even if nothing else was on sale from tomorrow) it would take decades to eliminate fossil fuel cars and have only EVs. It’s an idiotic, pointless battle that potentially kills us all in the next half century if this is what the big focus is on.

      11 months ago
  • In 20 years time all electric sports/super/hyper cars will be and feel exactly the same. Very fast, very quiet and very boring. They will all essentially have the same powertrain and all feel identical. RIP love of motoring 😭

      11 months ago
    • But new things will come with electric? New ways of making them even faster and more exciting, even more efficient and practical will be developed. Electric cars are nothing to fear, it's just evolution. You cant stop change. They said the...

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    • While I love your optimism and hope you're right, look at mobile phones. 15 years ago we had, clam shells, pop ups and all sorts of different types. However they are all now exactly the same format, because that's the one that works best and...

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        11 months ago
  • Batteries are weak and make so much pollution.

    We lost a great car and a beautiful and powerful V10 engine too

      11 months ago
  • There's another great car we've lost

      11 months ago
  • We have officially lost a very cool sportscar line to the electric shitfest

      11 months ago
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