Official: Audi’s subsequent supercar after the R8 will probably be totally electrical


And which means it gained’t be a sister automotive to Lamborghini’s Huracan substitute

“Audi RS is following the totally electrical technique of the primary Audi firm. That is [the plan] with our S and RS fashions. If we must always construct a brand new type of tremendous sports activities automotive, will probably be electrical. It follows our technique, our imaginative and prescient, into a completely electrical future.”

There you have got it. ‘If’ Audi builds a successor to the R8 – and all of the clues are that it completely plans to – then it’s goodbye to that magnificent 5.2-litre V10, and howdy e-motors for propulsion. The R8 goes totally ‘e-tron’. 

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That’s information from the boss of Audi RS himself, Sebastian Grams. It’s the primary time he’s gone on the file to verify the following R8 gained’t go hybrid or use a downsized engine. It’s undoubtedly batteries, people. Anticipate it alongside in the midst of this decade.

Does this imply the brand new ‘R8’ will morph from being one of many extra reasonably priced, lesser-horsepowered supercars to a £1million+, 2,000bhp hypercar just like the Lotus Evjia and Rimac Nevera? Fortunately, it doesn’t.

“The horsepower and efficiency [of supercars] is exponentially rising proper now with totally electrical supercars”, notes Grams. “However I don’t suppose you want that a lot energy.”

“Should you construct a light-weight automotive then you do not want 2,000 horsepower to have enjoyable on the highway. Physics will all the time restrict the efficiency you need to use even on observe. As an illustration you probably have 2,500 horsepower or 2,000 horsepower, it doesn’t make any distinction.”

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Audi has dabbled with electrical supercars earlier than: there have been a number of R8 e-tron ideas although Grams admits “we solely bought possibly 5 vehicles to Audi collectors”.

Pictured up high is the Audi PB18 e-tron idea: a capturing brake super-EV design examine revealed again in 2018 to exhibit what a future Audi e-flagship might appear to be. 

So, will Audi prioritise vary over tummy-troubling urgency? Grams says Audi will attempt to get a neat steadiness.

“Now we have to construct a automotive which is enjoyable, however vary is an element. There are different essential matters like sound, and what options you’ll be able to have – just like the RS Torque Rear mode within the RS3 – a type of enjoyable mode.”

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Seems like Audi will probably be contemplating the opportunity of calibrating drift modes and intelligent torque vectoring into its e-supercar. “It could actually even be guiding you on the highway or serving to you be taught a observe,” Grams suggests. 

With Lamborghini already confirming the next-gen Aventador and Huracán will maintain fuel-burning engines (with a V12 promised within the top-dog) allied to plug-in hybrid electrification, it seems deeply unlikely a future Audi supercar will probably be a sister automotive to Lamborghini’s entry-level supercar.

Lately, Audi has turn into best possible mates with Porsche, sharing the Taycan’s platform to create the e-tron GT saloon, and anticipated to lend out the Q6 e-tron SUV’s underpinnings upon which Porsche is basing the all-electric new Macan.

So, does this imply the brand new, all-electric R8 can have an electrical Porsche sister automotive? A brilliant-Cayman maybe, or perhaps a 918 Spyder successor? 

Insiders say plenty of choices are being mentioned, however the primary takeaway is the VW Group isn’t giving up on quick equipment any time quickly, no matter it’s powered by. Keep tuned… 

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