Whereas earlier stories appear to recommend that Audi gained’t be planning to create a direct successor of its halo mannequin, the R8, it seems that the 4 rings are planning one thing much more speedy – a hypercar, to be precise. That’s proper, the next-generation Audi R8, which is because of debut in 2022, could possibly be an all-electric hypercar.
Based on an Autocar report, Audi’s quick time period plan is to wind down the usage of V8 engines, a development which noticed the RS4 and RS5 undertake a smaller however stronger V6 engine. The eight-cylinder engine is barely reserved for the extra upscale merchandise such because the A6, A7, A8 and SQ7 SUV.
Senior executives in Audi have hinted that the third-generation mannequin will solely be supplied as an electrical automobile, and can doubtless take design inspiration from the PB18 e-tron idea which debuted earlier this 12 months on the Pebble Seashore Concours d’Magnificence. It options three electrical motors to churn 775 hp (570 kW) – a high pace of 300 km/h is touted, in addition to a blistering zero to 100 km/h dash time within the low two seconds.
Nevertheless, phrase is that Audi is planning to develop the subsequent R8 with pure efficiency intent, pushing output past the 1,000 hp mark. That can reportedly convey the century dash time down to 2 seconds flat (thanks partially to all-wheel drive), simply making it the quickest-accelerating Audi ever. We may presumably get our first have a look at such a possible mannequin within the type of the e-tron GT idea when it debuts in Los Angeles quickly.
Initially, the choice to axe the R8 was attributable to plateauing gross sales, with Audi barely making the 1,500-unit per 12 months mark in Europe. Gross sales within the US have additionally slumped. Luckily, the corporate is positioning itself as a frontrunner in electrical vehicles, with plans to promote 800,000 electrified vehicles (a few third of its international gross sales) by 2025. The push might be spearheaded by the upcoming Audi e-tron, adopted by the Audi e-tron Sportback in 2019. Nicely then, would the subsequent R8 mark the return of the R8 e-tron moniker? What do you suppose?
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