(Motorsport-Total.com/Motor1) – Audi has sold less than 100 units of the R8 (buy used Audi R8 cars now) e-tron. After only one year, the decision was made to stop the production of a large electric car, which cost a good one million euros. It goes without saying that the four rings have high hopes for the already proven electric successor to their V10 super sports car. He should play for the first time in a few years.
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Audi R8 E-tron
According to a new report, Autocar claims to have received reliable information that an electric sports car is currently in development and should be on the market by the middle of the decade.
The British magazine, citing sources in Ingolstadt, says that the R8 replacement will be given a new name but keep the same two-door performance principle. It looks like the most powerful Audi of all time is waiting for us. Various elements have to be done by hand.
Performance will be more powerful than the current e-tron GT
The car will roll off the assembly line at the Böllinger Höfe plant, which currently serves as the production facility for the current petrol-powered R8. The current model of the combustion engine is said to be discontinued until the end of 2023. The end, however, should come with a bang – we are talking about the last hardcore special edition with rear-wheel drive.
As for the platform of the new car, there are two possible scenarios. Both are related to Porsche. It could be the SSP Sport architecture, which will also be used in the Taycan and the next e-tron GT, or the new sports car design currently in development for the electric successor to the 718 Boxster/Cayman.
Whatever the final product, it must be faster and more powerful than the current e-tron GT. Its RS version has 646 hp and a 0-100 km/h time of 3.3 seconds.
Audi Sport boss Sebastian Grams told Autocar that while the R8’s successor is a priority, a smaller and cheaper TT will not be overlooked either: “We’re working on it.” The future TT will probably also be electric only. After all, Audi has already announced that all products launched from 2026 will no longer have a combustion engine.
It gets electric in Audi
While the R8 heads into an electric future, its sister model will retain the combustion engine for another generation. Lamborghini has confirmed that the successor to the Huracán will have an internal combustion engine with more than six cylinders as part of the hybrid powertrain. The new baby Lambo will probably appear in 2024, because next year it will be about the successor of the Aventador.