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.