The reign of gasoline-powered supercars is coming to an end, or at least that’s the trend that’s been emerging in the industry for the past few months. At Audi, full electrification seems to be the only way out for the company with the four rings. Already, the Ingolstadt-based firm is counting on the e-tron utility duo, as well as the Porsche Taycan’s cousin, also known as the e-tron GT, while the Q4 e-tron is still waiting to be launched here.
But what will happen to the current R8 and its potential replacement? The British website Autocar has its own take on the matter. According to the publication, people close to the automaker say that the next R8 is not yet confirmed, but that there is a good chance that the project will become a reality. What is clear is that the R8 name will disappear in favour of a name more in line with the type of engine of this future supercar.
At the time of writing, the current R8 will remain in production until the end of 2023, and the automaker is reportedly working on the final details of the ultimate version of the R8, the car that has been in service since 2008. Audi Sport head honcho Sebastian Grams has confirmed that the ultimate R8 will be as close as possible to the GT3 series in motorsport. And hopefully, this final R8 will be a two-wheel drive only.
But, getting back to the German automaker’s next supercar, the chances of the car being approved for production are high, simply because the R8 is already assembled alongside the two versions of the e-tron GT at the Böllinger Höfe plant in Germany. In fact, Audi has already confirmed that the R8 assembly team will remain in place to support the production of the two e-tron GT liveries when R8 production is halted.
As for the proposed platform, the automaker will have to find a way to outperform the RS e-tron GT, the brand’s most dynamic electric car at the moment. It’s safe to assume that this architecture will be shared with Porsche, as is the case with the J1 platform for the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT. The new SSP Sport platform would be a logical choice, but it’s not out of the question that the future electric 718 range could be used as the basis for the future electric R8, whatever the name chosen for this other electric supercar of the future.