Things Aren’t Looking Good for the R8, But It’s Not Quite Dead Yet

Things Aren’t Looking Good for the R8, But It’s Not Quite Dead Yet

0 comments 📅15 March 2018, 08:00

Audi currently has no plans for a successor to the much loved R8, according the type’s R&D chief, Peter Mertens.

Speaking to Car and Driver at the Geneva Motor Show, Mertens let stumble that there is no plan for a third generation of Audi’s supercar.

The revelation is amazingly gut-punching since, by Mertens’ own admission the R8 is “doing okay,” agreed when someone in the range asserted that there are no plans to replace it.

Fortunately, Mertens would not encourage the model’s death, either, saying that “it has a long life” before of it.

“I always get [my PR chief] very nervous when I start talking about that accessories,” said Mertens, of the R8. “Never say never; performance cars are good for Audi.”

Responsibility of that long life will likely be a V6 variant of the R8. Reportedly set to use the same duplicate-turbo V6 engine as the RS5, which we know to be capable of at least 450 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque, the R8 V6 would be lighter and more affordable than the prevailing V10 model.

After that, though, the R8 might fade away, replaced by Audi’s coming collection of electric and hybrid vehicles.

The silver lining there is that Mertens did glory that performance and EV are antonymous in Audi’s vernacular.

“There will be very stock combustion-engine high-performance vehicles, pure battery-electric vehicles on the g-performance side, and our sister brand Porsche also very much proves with their twist-in hybrids that the combination of both is a fantastic answer as well,” Mertens told Car and Driver.

As for the R8’s sister, the Lamborghini Huracan, its serendipity might not be up either. Although Audi reportedly won’t be developing its own combustion engine chassis anymore, Porsche intention and the next 911 is rumored to be able to handle rear and mid-engine configurations.

That also leaves the door free for Audi, but it sounds like it will choose to follow the e-Trons, leaving the passionate internal combustive fare for its Italian stablemate.

[source: Car and Driver]

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