Audi is planning a third generation of the R8. However, it remains unclear which drive concept the Ingolstadt-based company is giving the sports car. The current Audi R8 is a bit old despite a facelift. Time for a third generation – and that seems to be firmly planted at Audi Sport. It is still unclear how the new super sports car will be powered. Both a fully electric version and a hybrid sports car are conceivable.
2023 Audi R8 Hybrid or electric?
In 2019, an insider revealed that Audi would like to bring a fully electric R8 successor with the name e-Tron GTR onto the road. According to the information at the time, the e-athlete should produce the equivalent of 650 hp. The PB18 e-Tron study gave an outlook on the electric Audi. In contrast, Audi Sport boss Oliver Hoffman spoke. In an interview with ” Topgear “, he spoke about the importance of the R8 with a combustion engine for customer racing where needs have to be satisfied in the future too.
However, no final decision on the platform, and thus the drive should have been made. More generally, Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler, Head of Development at Audi, recently told ” Automotive News Europe “. According to this, crossovers and SUVs, in particular, could expand Audi’s electric portfolio. That speaks against an electric R8 successor.
Huracán should keep burners
An indication of a hybrid version with a combustion engine is the sister model of the R8, the Lamborghini Huracán. The Italian will also rely on an internal combustion engine in the next generation, albeit electrified. Since the R8 and the Huracán have the same substructure, it can be assumed that the siblings will also share the drive.
Audi will hardly afford to put the two models on different platforms. Whether it will stay with the V10 engine remains to be seen. The four-liter V8 from the Lamborghini Urus and the Audi RS 6 can be considered as the engine of choice.