German luxury automaker Audi is planning to bring the fully electric version of their upcoming R8. Expected to be launched some time by 2022, reports suggest that the introduction of the new R8 electric supercar will mark the end of the V10 engine use, by the manufacturer. The company has already downsized the powertrains of the RS4 and the RS5 models to turbo V6 engines reducing the use of V8 engine in most of the cars. However, the V8 motors are still featured on models such as the A6, A7 and the A8 ranges as well as the SQ7 SUV.
Audi had showcased a limited-run R8 e-Tron earlier in 2015, and now according to the company the third-generation R8 will be solely powered by an electric drivetrain. The new model will also feature a completely new design compared to the current generation model. The upcoming R8 e-Tron will take inspiration from the PB18 e-Tron concept that was showcased at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The showcased concept uses a triple-motor configuration, churning out 775 bhp of maximum power and also uses a shooting-brake-like rear-end, making room for more interior space than the existing R8.
Though the rumors suggest that the electric drivetrain on the production-spec model will produce over a 1000 bhp, Audi has already confirmed that the next generation four-wheel-drive, all-electric R8 will come with a top speed of 300 kmph and a 0 – 100 kmph time of just over 2 seconds.
The first gen Audi R8 was launched in 2005 and the existing model got launched in 2015. The first gen garnered huge success for the luxury car maker in the market but the second - gen R8 failed to recreate history. The luxury automaker was also planning to launch the third gen R8 soon in the market, but due to the drop in the sales of second-gen Audi R8, the automaker was forced to reconsider the decision. Now, before the next R8 is launched, the E-tron Sportback, a sibling to the E-tron will be introduced, followed by a model developed by the firm’s Audi Sport performance division- the E-tron GT. The E-tron GT will feature a two-door with four-seat design and will offer more than 800 bhp of power. The model was shown off in a darkened preview image at Audi’s annual financial results conference in April and it is set to go into production in Germany in 2020. The car is also expected to transfer a number of technologies to the next- gen R8 including potentially its J1 architecture, though floor-mounted battery packs are not conducive to low-slung supercars. The E-tron GT will be built in the same factory as the current R8, in Neckarsulm, Germany.
As the market is getting inclined towards electric vehicles, Audi also plans to manufacture a whole new range of all-electric models. The automaker wants to position itself as a genuine leader in the electric car market, and has plans to sell 800,000 electrified vehicles by the year 2025. Such plans will require more practical and affordable models other than the third-gen R8. Hence, it will be interesting to see what else the luxury car maker has got in its kitty to offer in near future. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming 2022 all-electric Audi R8.