For awhile, the future of the Audi R8 seemed uncertain. We weren’t sure if Audi would even make another R8 after this generation. Now, though, it seems as if a next-gen R8 is not only possible but a near certainty at this point. The only question that really remains is whether or not it will have some sort of electrification. According to Audi Sport boss Oliver Hoffman, it will.
In a recent interview with Top Gear, Hoffman spilled the beans a bit on the next-gen Audi R8, saying that it will be at least partially electrified.
“There’s no decision yet regarding the technology and platform of the next generation R8. But with this next generation we have to fulfill all the regulations worldwide. That means it will be a car with an electrification part. But the current model is the base model for our customer racing and we have to fulfill that demand in the future.” he told TG.
So that’s that, then. The next-generation Audi R8 will at least be a plug-in hybrid, with an electric motor assisting an internal combustion engine. To be honest, that seems more likely than a fully-electric version, after hearing his quote about customer racing. The R8 is still developed alongside its customer racing variant and Audi still has an obligation to that commitment. So don’t expect a pure BEV R8 anytime soon.
Still, it’s awesome to hear that yet another R8 will be in the works and one that will have some sort of EV tech under its skin. Don’t expect to see such a car for at least a couple of years, though. If the folks at Audi Sport are still unsure about its EV tech, that means it’s not even in the beginnings of its life just yet.
To be completely honest, though, we were sort of hoping for a pure BEV Audi R8, similar to the PB18 e-tron Concept we saw a couple of years ago. We’re not going to complain about any R8 being made, though. So bring on the hybrid.
[Source: Top Gear]