Audi has announced plans to finally unveil the second-gen R8 and the e-tron version in March at the Geneva Motor Show. The announcement was made by the company’s board member for technical development Ulrich Hackenberg who specified the supercar will be shown alongside the e-tron electric variant at the Swiss show.
Interestingly, the Audi official went on to specify that the second generation R8 probably won’t be offered with a manual transmission, adding that double clutch gearboxes are sportier and more suitable when driving fast.
As far as the e-tron variant is concerned, the model is expected to have a range of up to 248 miles (400 km) on a single charge but in the interview Ulrich said Audi is currently developing a fully electric model that will be able to travel for approximately 500 km.
The conventional-powered second-gen R8 will make use of the familiar naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 and 5.2-liter V8 engine and later during the model’s lifespan there is going to be a smaller turbocharged engine, possibly a V6. The overhauled R8 will ride on the same platform as the Lamborghini Huracan which should enable a weight loss all wrapped around in a styling said to be evolutionary.
Note: 2015 Audi R8 render by Marco Van Overbeeke pictured.
via Car Advice