Audi is commonly perceived as the German automotive manufacturer embroiled in an everlasting combat with BMW and Mercedes-Benz for dominion in the premium vehicle class. They would rather relinquish all prospects than produce anything unconventional akin to the Bavarians or something archaic like the Daimler subsidiary. Nevertheless, they do experience setbacks, just like any other earthly entity.
The affirmative ones are sparse and distant, but they do exist – ranging from theoretical designs such as the pickup-transforming Activesphere to production models such as the omnipotent R8 sports car. Characterized as a remarkably eccentric entrant in the realm of supercars, the latter mid-engine two-seater nomenclature can be traced back to 2006 and capitalizes on some of Audi’s most outstanding assets – such as the Audi Space Frame aluminum monocoque or the quintessential quattro permanent all-wheel drive system.
Partnered with a Lamborghini (initially the Gallardo and presently the Huracan), the Audi R8 harnesses a 5.2-liter FSI V10 engine and can accumulate no less than 612 horsepower in its highest configuration. That is sufficient to astonish the world with a 3.2-second acceleration to 62 mph (100 kph) and propel at up to 206 mph (331 kph) if the driver behind the wheel possesses sufficient courage. Inevitably, alongside the Huracan, it has become a favored foundation for tuning, customization, and personalization on and off the world’s racetracks and dragstrips.
Unfortunately, its future – unlike the confirmed Lambo Huracan successor, which is speculated to discard the V10 for an electrified twin-turbo V8 motor to ensure sustained survival – is uncertain, and there are slim prospects for a third-generation R8 to emerge from Ingolstadt’s laboratory. Nevertheless, within the imaginative realm of digital vehicle content creators, the CGI foundries are ablaze, and the Audi R8 Concept by Sander Sonts is the latest endeavor to demonstrate that the forthcoming Lamborghini still necessitates an R8 companion.
The graphic designer of automotive concepts concealed behind the disander_concepts pseudonym on social media, as usual, is advocating for an avant-garde case for a digital vehicle project. Nevertheless, it is still inconspicuous enough to be considered a potential work emerging directly from Audi. That is not the case, frankly, and we apprehend that this concept will perpetually remain a mere fanciful notion. Nevertheless, it is delightful to speculate about the prospect of an R8 successor – with or without a V10 powertrain and with or without potential electrification apparatus. Additionally, the license plate is too captivating not to share, and one can select between an elegant orange hue and a subdued Satin Black finish.