Audi Electric Supercar To Return From The Dead With 800-Volt Charging?

3 months ago by Anthony Karr 9

The Now Defunct Audi R8 e-tron

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.

Audi R8 e-tron battery

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.

Porsche Mission E platform to get an Audi re-skin?

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).

“Ok, who has some spare Audi badges?” Will Audi really make its own unique 800 volt/all-electric supercar with the Mission E in production? We think not.

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

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9 responses to "Audi Electric Supercar To Return From The Dead With 800-Volt Charging?"

  1. yves says:

    Another car for the rich.Just what we needed!

    1. pjwood1 says:

      Fooled again. Things that never existed cannot be for rich people, or “dead”.

  2. Terawatt says:

    Seems like a good way for Audi to get a lot of attention without actually making any meaningful change.

  3. scott franco says:

    I am more impressed that they found 100 buyers at 1 million per car than anything.

    1. wavelet says:

      “fewer than 100 examples”, so they didn’t.

      1. SayWhatNow says:

        Is 1 fewer than 100?

        1. bogdan says:

          Yes, just like 0!

  4. jim stack says:

    Foreign Vapor ware. So many Volts so few cars.
    They really make Tesla look great. Our model 3 will be here soon hmmm similar to a 3 series BMW or Audi A4 but way better, safer, lower cost,faster,more reliable and USA made and Powered.

    1. Rick says:

      Ignorant like many people from your country. Tesla more reliable than German cars? I think not. I own a 2017 Model S, love driving it and all, but the driver side doors and controls failed within the first month of ownership. The chrome on the side of windows not aligned and sometimes the sunroof wouldn’t react to commands to open. So Tesla has some way to go in terms of quality and reliability. Also don’t fool yourselves, the Germans are slow to change, it’s their nature, but they make real well-built cars. Not the case with USA manufacturing I’m afraid. But keep up the patriotic rhetoric if it makes you feel better. Doesn’t fool the rest of the world judging by how much more popular German cars are.

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