Even though many premium automakers have introduced plug-in hybrids or plan to sell such models in the near future, apparently this won’t be the case over at Ingolstadt at least in the supercar segment as an Audi R8 plug-in hybrid is not being considered. The company’s product manager Marie Suzanne Ernst told Car Advice that Audi is now focusing only on gasoline and electric powered cars. Interestingly, she also said that “it’s not a make of series production, but if a customer wants to have it, he can order it” which indirectly means the R8 e-tron will be built to order.
Despite the fact there won’t be an Audi R8 plug-in hybrid in the near future, Marie Suzanne Ernst did say that the company will launch a series of plug-in hybrid models in the following period. Even though she refused to specify the identity of these models, she did hint that many of them will ride on the MLB platform so in other words big Audi cars will be offered with a plug-in hybrid layout pretty soon.
Getting back to the R8 e-tron, it’s still not known whether it will be based on the outgoing R8 or on the second generation model set to go on sale sometime in 2015. What we do know is that it will use better batteries which will increase range from the original model’s 134 miles (215 km) to approximately 248 miles (400 km) on a single charge. If the Audi R8 plug-in hybrid will ever come out, it would end up having a considerably better range without compromising performance.