Audi Electric Supercar To Return From The Dead With 800-Volt Charging?
The R8 e-tron’s successor could get an 800-volt charging system.
In October last year, Audi discontinued the all-electric R8 e-tron after less than two years on the market. The supercar was available exclusively to European customers with a starting price of €1 million (about $1.1 million), which was probably one of the main reasons why “fewer than 100 examples” were delivered, according to the automaker.
Now a new report from Car and Driver suggests the vehicle could actually get a successor, as Peter Mertens, new head of development at the company, has hinted at such a possibility. Speaking to the former Volvo R&D boss recently, the magazine discovered he is willing to fill the gap that the R8 e-tron created.
“You can very well imagine that at some point we will have an electric supercar,” Mertens commented to journalists at the 2017 Formula E race in Berlin.
“The question is, ‘Would I like to make it happen sooner?’ and the answer is, ‘Yes, of course.’ It is part of our plan. We’re not going to talk about that today, but I can tell you that for a brand like Audi, a supercar is always interesting, and it’s a segment in which we have been playing, we have been a very serious player.”
Audi wants to generally offer not just electrified versions of existing ICE models, but distinct EVs, which means the potential future electric supercar won’t be just an R8 with an electric powertrain – most likely, it will be a completely different machine. Mertens also hinted the vehicle could get 800-volt charging system, despite the significantly increased price of such a product.
“800-volt puts a significant extra cost on the bill. We need to evaluate whether customers will be prepared to pay that. In segments like super sports cars, it will be yes, no doubt about it.”
And if that’s not enough, Mertens revealed Audi is interested in hardcore versions of the future e-tron models, which basically means we could see an e-tron S or e-tron RS supercar one day.
Now for us, and using our “VW Group Super Decoder Ring”, we see this sudden re-commitment to an all-electric supercar, as an about-face for Audi brought on by the green-lighting of the Porsche Mission E (20,000 to built annually from 2019).
The Mission E is a no nonsense, 0-100 kmh (62 mph) in less than 3.5 seconds, road-handling beast…complete with a 800 Volt/full charge in 15 minutes system (which sounds pretty familiar to this new Audi revelation).
A little trim work, some new badging, a little nerfing of the the top performance specs, and prest0! You have an all-electric Audi supercar ready to go. Porsche has already stated the Mission E platform (J1) will have multiple forms “…there will be more than one, with different levels of power.”
Source: Car and Driver