Earlier this year, the head of Audi Bram Shot open thinking about the future R8.
At the annual General meeting of the company head asked: “do we Need a successor with the internal combustion engine? This is consistent with our vision?”. However, the answers we received, but it seems that Audi is moving forward with plans for the successor to the R8.
Foreign media reported that Audi turned to Rimac with a request of cooperation in creating powerful electric car, which will replace the R8. The details of this deal yet, but the car reportedly can receive name Audi e-Tron RS and can be released in 2023 or 2024.
It is known that the novelty will be produced by Audi in their factory in Bollinger hefe, but, reportedly, most of the development work will be transferred to the Rimac. The company not only plays an important role in the development of the model, as sources said that Rimic will also supply the power plant.
Speaking of the latter, it is assumed that the German novelty will receive four of the electric motor, which produce a total capacity of 937 HP This power plant will allow the AWD model to accelerate to 100 km/h in just 2.5 seconds. The machine can be fitted with a battery capacity of 95 kWh with a wireless charging system. This will allow the new product to pass without recharging up to 483 km. in addition, the two-seater needs to have aluminum monocoque chassis and active aerodynamics. It sounds pretty impressive, despite the fact that its price will be less than 200 thousand euros.
Of course, plans can change, as the Shot had previously expressed his desire “to concentrate the maximum resources on our key projects.” He also criticized the company for “participation in too many projects for several years.”
High-performance electric supercar is not a key project, but the R8 was an important model for the brand from Ingolstadt. The previous R8 e-tron was a failure because it sold less than 100 copies of the model.