Audi has confirmed that the successor to the R8 supercar will be all-electric. Audi Sport’s head of product marketing, Linda Kurz, told Roadshow that the next R halo car will not feature an internal-combustion engine.
While we don’t know if there will be a next-generation R8, whatever comes after it will be electric. Audi Sport has already started electrifying its lineup of RS cars with the RS e-tron GT, so Kurz says it will do the same thing with the R-branded cars.
“Our next challenge will be to transform the R segment, and the R segment is going to be fully electric. This is our job for the next decade.”
Linda Kurz, Audi Sport head of product marketing
That doesn’t necessarily mean Audi will offer a next-generation R8, but it’s clear that the brand’s next halo car will have a pure electric powertrain. Kurz added that the electrification process of its high-performance cars will start happening pretty quickly. By 2026, 80% of Audi’s RS lineup will feature some sort of electrification, including all-electric models.
Gallery: 2015 Audi R8 e-tron
Audi fans will recall that in 2015, Ingolstadt introduced the all-electric R8 e-tron with a starting price of €1 million ($1.1 million). Available only in Europe, the R8 e-tron was discontinued after only one year, with fewer than 100 units sold.
Fast forward to 2021 and the Audi R8 is available as a V10 Performance model, offered with both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations. The transition from a gas-guzzler like the R8 V10 Performance to an all-electric R model is very abrupt, but there’s really no other way to do it if Audi wants to comply with the coming Euro 7 emission standards expected to come into force in 2025.
For now, Audi Sport’s only electric vehicle on sale is the 2022 RS e-tron GT quattro super sedan. Twinned with the Porsche Taycan Turbo, the high-performance EV features a 93 kWh battery that powers two synchronous electric motors delivering a total of 637 hp in boost mode (590 hp standard) and 612 lb-ft (829 Nm) of torque.
Audi says the RS e-tron GT quattro does 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 3.1 seconds and hits a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). The EPA estimated driving range is 232 miles (373 km).
Audi's current flagship EV, the RS e-tron GT quattro, in action