The Audi R8 shall be changed but it surely may show to be fairly totally different than the outgoing mannequin.
Audi has been constructing the R8 since 2006 and over the course of two generations, it has confirmed to be the proper flagship efficiency automotive for the model. Nevertheless, the German automaker is all-in on electrification and through a latest interview with CNET, Audi Sport’s head of product advertising, Linda Kurz, revealed that the ‘R’ model will transition to all-electric energy.
Kurz mentioned that the automaker’s “subsequent problem” shall be to “rework the R phase, and the R phase goes to be totally electrical. That is our job for the following decade.”
Importantly, Kurz didn’t state if the R8 will get a direct successor and easily recommended that future R-badged fashions shall be electrical. She additionally didn’t specify when an electrical R automotive may launch, apart from stating that the R phase will transition to all-electric inside the subsequent decade.
A report out of Germany in October claimed that the R8 would survive right into a third-generation and that it could ditch the present mannequin’s naturally-aspirated V10 in favor of a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 associated to the mill of the Lamborghini Urus and different VW Group fashions. The report acknowledged this mannequin may additionally characteristic some type of hybridization and ship round 700 hp. It was additionally recommended that an all-electric model of the R8 may very well be supplied to prospects.
Throughout her interview with CNET, Kurz added that 80 per cent of the model’s RS lineup will characteristic some type of electrification, together with a lot of all-electric RS fashions.
Opening picture exhibits Audi’s PB18 e-tron Idea from 2018.