No substitution prepared – report

There’s no denying the Audi R8 is a amazing supercar, but it could not be acquiring a replacement in the extended term, according to a new report out of the US.

Talking with Vehicle and Driver at the 2018 Geneva motor clearly show, Audi’s R&D manager, Peter Mertens, explained there are no present-day strategies for a new-technology model.

“I would say so,” he stated, when asked if there was no successor for the V10-engined supercar in the pipeline, although he included: “Never say never ever – general performance cars and trucks are very good for Audi“.

A person cause could be that Audi is setting up a range of electric and plug-in hybrid variations of its next-technology products – that means a greater volume of its progress spending budget will be put in these new powertains.

Mertens also verified with Vehicle and Driver that higher-functionality versions of all a few powertrain varieties (combustion, PHEV and EV) will be provided.

“There will be pretty classic combustion-motor superior-performance autos, pure battery-electric powered cars on the large-overall performance aspect, and our sister model Porsche also quite much proves with their plug-in hybrids that the blend of equally is a great answer as very well,” he claimed.

It in all probability does not assist, possibly, that Audi as soon as supplied an all-electrical R8 e-tron, which was killed off owing to higher expenditures and gradual revenue.

Nevertheless, it’s not the be-all and end-all just but. The report promises Audi “is known” to be working on the rumoured twin-turbo V6 entry-level version of the R8, even though a expose/start day is not specified.

Early rumours of these kinds of a design very first surfaced two decades in the past, with power predicted to come from the 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 used in the new RS4, RS5 and Porsche Panamera.

Earning 331kW and 600Nm in the RS4 and RS5, the new motor must be a lot more than sufficient to propel the R8 from -100km/h in less than 4. seconds even though using drastically a lot less fuel than the present-day 5.2-litre V10 shared with the Lamborghini Huracan.

We’ll have to hold out and see, on the other hand, no matter if any of the publication’s claims transform out to be legitimate. Remain tuned.

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