Final 12 months we heard that the Audi R8 had a really unsure future. If new feedback by an Audi government are any indication, it seems the V-10-powered R8 will, in actual fact, die to make room for an electrical successor.
In an interview with Roadshow printed on Wednesday, Linda Kurz, Audi Sport’s head of product advertising, stated future R-badged automobiles will likely be electrical.
The information should not come as a lot of a shock. Audi is dedicated to launching solely electrical autos from 2026, and that dedication extends to the Audi Sport division liable for the R8 and all RS-badged fashions.
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Audi has additionally made a number of robust hints that the R8, or any future halo product just like the R8, could be taking place the electrical route. Audi first hinted at an electrical R8 as early as 2009, when it rolled out an R8 E-Tron idea automotive based mostly on the unique R8 platform.
There have been a handful of subsequent R8 E-Tron ideas, and Audi even claims to have bought a handful of R8 E-Trons based mostly on the current-generation R8 platform. The automotive was supplied briefly in 2015 with a seven-figure price ticket and efficiency that was outmatched by a Tesla. Not surprisingly it was rapidly pulled from the market.
Maybe one of the best illustration of what an electrical R8 successor could be like is Audi’s PB18 E-Tron idea rolled out in 2018. The idea featured solid-state batteries that are lighter than present liquid-type batteries, and faster to cost as nicely. Audi’s Volkswagen Group dad or mum has hinted at solid-state batteries being prepared within the second half of the last decade, so maybe that is once we’ll see an R8 successor. Keep tuned.