2021 Audi R8
The naturally aspirated supercar will transform itself in the next decade by dropping the combustion engine.
Reports keep saying Audi will not restore the R8 for a third generation, but most current intel recommends there will be something along the lines of a supercar to change today’s R8. As a matter of reality, Autocar has it on excellent authority the “R8” moniker will soldier on, but with an “E-Tron” suffix to highlight its completely electrical powertrain. That’s right, and the mid-engined performance car will go back to the drawing board and transform itself as an electric-only machine.
It’s rather of a surprising choice considering we all know what occurred to the R8 E-Tron. The very first one never actually made it as a production model while the second-gen car was ceased after less than 100 examples provided to customers. It appears Audi thinks third time’s an appeal and in 2022 it will release a brand new R8 E-Tron taking motivation from the PB18 E-Tron envisioned below.
While the shooting brake concept presented last month in Pebble Beach had 764 horsepower on tap, rumor has it the new production-ready electric supercar will up the power ante to as much as 1,000 hp. The four-wheel-drive R8 E-Tron will reportedly require simply two seconds to finish the 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 kph) task.
The switch to a pure electrical setup means the Audi R8 will no longer be associated with the Lamborghini Huracan. The latter is expected to soldier on with the same platform but updated to combine the naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine with an electric motor. Autocar reports Huracan sales are low enough to validate the development of what would be an expensive new platform customized to a mid-engined supercar, for this reason why the baby Lambo is anticipated to utilize a development these days’ hardware. There’s also the remote possibility of seeing the Huracan successor riding on a new Porsche-developed platform– that is if those reports about a new mid-engined model from Stuttgart will eventually turn out.
On the other hand, Audi has a hectic “E-Tron” agenda up ahead-considering an electrical SUV will be out later this month and will be followed by the E-Tron Sportback in 2019, while Audi Sport is formulating an E-Tron GT for a launch early next decade.
As a final note, the present R8 is about to go through a mid-cycle refresh, which may or may not bring the long-rumored V6 version and perhaps a new R8 GT.