The fact that Audi is hatching plans to replace the petrol supercar R8 with an electric car is no longer a secret: rumors about this have been circulating for at least three years. Now this information can be considered official for the first time, since the inevitable transition of the mid-engined model to electric traction was confirmed by the head of marketing department of Audi Sport Linda Kurz. But with one important caveat – Audi has no deadlines yet, and the process may drag on until the end of the decade.
As the head of the marketing department of the sports division of Audi Sport, Linda Kurz, said in an interview with Roadshow, in the future, the entire line of “charged” Audi models will be electrified – including the supercar R8. There is no specific time frame for the transition to electric traction yet, so this process may drag on until the 2030s. True, what the successor to the Audi R8 will become is not yet clear. The current generation of the supercar has been produced at the Neckarsulm plant since 2015, and a year later the R8 Spyder roadster joined it.
The electric R8 debuted at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show with the e-tron attachment. The electric supercar was equipped with a twin-engine power plant, the power of which was 456 horsepower. From standstill to 100 kilometers per hour, the R8 e-tron accelerated in 3.9 seconds, and its top speed was 250 kilometers per hour. Despite all the advantages, the electric R8 proved to be a failure – the main problem was expensive batteries, which cost the model a million euros.