We’ve known for some time now that the Audi R8 as we know it is going the way of the Dodo. With emissions regulations getting stricter and sales getting worse and worse, the R8 just doesn’t make a ton of sense for Audi anymore. While it’s a bitter pill to swallow, we always suspected that it might come back as an all-electric supercar. If this new report from Car Magazine is accurate, that suspicion will become a reality, in the form of an all-electric Audi e-tron GTR.
According to Car Mag, and their sources in Ingolstadt, the four-ringed brand has an e-tron GTR in mind as a potential successor to the famed R8. While nothing is official as of yet, Car Mag has some potential details for this possible Audi e-tron GTR.
It will start with an aluminum monocoque chassis and feature a 95kWh solid-state battery pack. At the moment, that’s cutting-edge tech that isn’t currently available in any modern electric car. That battery pack will feed electricity to three electric motors — two at the rear and one at the front — which will combine to make around 650 bhp and make it all-wheel drive (of course). It’s also said that it will have around 300 miles of range.
These are all very early predictions, of course, and nothing is official or even green-lit. However, it’s likely that the R8 will be replaced by something electric.
Audi Sport R&D Boss Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler recently told CAR”Audi Sport must have e-mobility, and our icons for the brand must become electric. We are in discussions regarding the sporty cars and the RS vehicles – they will need a change towards e-mobility.”
Before we even get to the Audi e-tron GTR, though, a production version of the e-tron GT will be made first, which will sort of set the precedent for sporty electric Audis. “The e-Tron GT will come towards the end of 2020 – that’s the first step. Electrically, you can control things more, and have more of an emotional influence on driving behaviour.” he said.
This is very exciting news, if we’re honest. We’re going to keep our emotions tempered, so as to not get too excited and possibly let down, but it’s hard not to get even a little bit excited. The Audi PB18 e-tron showed the world how awesome an all-electric Audi supercar could be and if this potential Audi e-tron GTR is anything lie it, it will be amazing. It needs a different name, though.