An electrical successor to the Audi R8 supercar based mostly on a Porsche platform is being readied for launch by mid-decade, Autocar reported on Monday.
Citing Audi insiders, the British publication reported the brand new automotive will not be a direct successor to the R8 and consequently will characteristic a brand new title. As for the R8, it is going to reportedly bow out subsequent yr, with the nameplate’s run to be marked by a particular mannequin.
Autocar reported Audi is prone to go along with one in every of two Porsche-developed platforms for the R8 successor. One choice is the electrical sports activities automotive platform being developed for Porsche’s electrical 718 which can be due across the center of the last decade.
2022 Audi R8
An alternate could possibly be a sport-focused model of Volkswagen Group’s upcoming SSP platform. Whereas the SSP platform will likely be utilized by quite a few fashions throughout the VW Group portfolio of manufacturers, Porsche has been tasked with creating a selected model for high-performance functions.
Information of an electrical successor to the R8 is hardly a shock. In an interview with Roadshow final yr, Linda Kurz, head of product advertising for Audi Sport, the division chargeable for the R8 and RS-badged automobiles, stated future R-badged automobiles will likely be electrical.
We’ll additionally remind you that Audi is dedicated to launching solely electrical autos from 2026, and that dedication extends to the Audi Sport division.
Audi PB18 e-tron idea
Audi has additionally made a number of sturdy hints the R8, or any future halo product just like the R8, would go down the electrical route. Audi first hinted at an electrical R8 as early as 2009, when it rolled out an R8 E-Tron idea automotive based mostly on the unique R8 platform.
There have been a handful of subsequent R8 E-Tron ideas, and Audi even claims to have bought a handful of R8 E-Trons based mostly on the current-generation R8 platform. The automotive was supplied briefly in 2015 with a seven-figure price ticket however with efficiency outmatched by a Tesla. Not surprisingly it was rapidly pulled from the market.
Maybe one of the best illustration of what an electrical R8 successor may be like is Audi’s PB18 E-Tron idea rolled out in 2018. The idea featured solid-state batteries that are lighter than present liquid-type batteries, and faster to cost. It is a expertise VW Group is getting ready for the second half of the last decade.