Audi R8 Rendering Imagines A More Aggressive Supercar

Audi has confirmed the R8 does have a future in the company’s lineup beyond the current generation. Whether it will end up as a hybrid or a pure electric model remains to be seen, but we can take comfort from knowing the flagship supercar will stick around. A new rendering from independent artist spdesignsest proposes a more aggressive look for a future mid-engined supercar.

It’s more along the lines of a facelift for the current-generation model rather than an all-new car, featuring an aggressive front fascia design. The so-called “Quattro” nostrils have been removed as part of a front grille redesign, with triangular air intakes equipped with vertical slats flanking it. A hood slat has been added, although we’re wondering whether it was necessary considering the engine is in the back.

The ultra-slim LEDs with an interrupted line seem to be the daytime running lights for a design that certainly wouldn’t be road-legal, but with this only being a rendering, we’ll let it slide. A red tow strap has been added for a race car vibe, accentuated by the red 12 o’clock marking on the steering wheel.

Overall, this futuristic R8 design exercise would probably work best on a fully electric E-Tron model with heaps of instant torque. Whether Audi will take the zero-emissions route is not known for the time being, but we can only hope its range-topping performance car will look something along the lines of this rendering from spdesignsest.

The adjacent design exercise reminds us of Audi’s own PB18 E-Tron concept and we’re keeping our fingers crossed the day will come when a production version will go on sale. Until then, we should all just be happy the R8 is still available with its sweet-sounding 5.2-liter V10 engine. Ingolstadt’s FSI-powered supercar is a dying breed due to its naturally aspirated nature, but electrification will ultimately save the R8 and secure its future.

Adrian Padeanu

Long-time fan of the fabled Four Rings.