The Audi R8 as we know it is not long for this world. With the introduction of the Audi e-tron GT, the future of the brand’s performance cars will start to become electrified. So dinosaurs, with naturally-aspirated V10s, like the R8 are going to fade out. We know this already. However, Audi isn’t letting its flagship supercar die off without one last hurrah. In fact, Audi could be giving it an even more extreme edition, so it can ride off into the sunset at 200 mph.
According to this new report, Audi has trademarked the name “R8 Green Hell”, which could indicate that a more performance-oriented, potentially hardcore track-focused version could be coming. For those of you who don’t know, “Green Hell” is the nickname giving to the famous Nurburgring race track in Germany, the same track where Audi — as well as every other brand — tests its performance cars. It’s given that nickname because of its surrounding trees and its difficulty, respectively.
Admittedly, car companies trademark names they aren’t going to use all the time, just for future-proofing potential projects. However, this one is incredibly specific. I mean, “R8 Green Hell”? That’s too specific to just be future-proofing potential cars.
So what could this mean? Well, it’s impossible to know for sure but it’s possible that Audi is planning a much more extreme version of the R8, potentially some sort of Porsche 911 GT3-rivaling version. Something lighter, more stripped-out, more powerful and track-oriented could be in the works.
However, if such a car is coming, don’t expect it for the American market just yet. According to this report, the trademark was filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office and not the US Patent and Trademark Office. Additionally, Automobile Magazine reached out to a North American Audi executive, who had no knowledge of the “R8 Green Hell” name. So it’s not likely to be a model for the North American market.
Still, it’s exciting to think that Audi might finally be unleashing the R8’s full potential. Since its creation, it’s been a sort of “everyday” supercar, a supercar that can be daily-driven without being too uncomfortable. However, it would be interesting to see what the R8 could really do if it were given the opportunity to be a proper driver’s car, without any daily-driving intentions.
[Source: Automobile Magazine]