Audi confirms the next Audi R8 will be an electric supercar
Audi also plans to electrify the RS lineup with 80% of its models electrified by 2026
This news should come as no surprise. Manufacturer Audi has already indicated that it wants to turn the page and go electric over the next few years. After all, the majority of automotive brands are already developing their respective strategies to make it through this gargantuan technological shift.
According to CNET’s Roadshow, the more exotic Audi will not be replaced by another racing car equipped with an internal combustion, but rather an electric powertrain. At least, that’s what Audi Sport Division Marketing Director Linda Kurz said. Indeed, the next R8 – if the name is kept of course – will be purely electric.
This won’t be the first electric Audi R8. Audi already put an electric motor in the R8 e-tron marketed briefly between 2015 and 2016, but the supercar was ahead of its time and the sales figures were disastrous.
On the other hand, the manufacturer has already proven that it is capable of developing a performance sedan with the RS e-tron GT. So, it’s safe to assume that the next chapter of the R8 and the performance that comes with the new electric generation should be up to the standards of the current mid-engined Audi flagship.
Audi Sport’s chief marketing officer also said the brand’s R division overall will go fully electric. Also, according to Audi, 80% of models sporting the RS crest will be equipped with some form of electrification by 2026, whether it is purely or partially electric.
No matter what happens to the R8 – or the model that replaces it – it’s safe to say that the automaker’s decision to enter the supercar segment in the 2000s proved to be a superb technological showcase for the German division. The next chapter sporting an electric engine should be just as impressive.