An Electric Audi R8 E-Tron May Eventually Happen, But The Question Is When?
Audi could make an all-electric R8 if it really wanted thatby Tudor Rus, on
While Audi did make an all-electric R8 which it showed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the project was so short lived that come 2016, Audi decided to scrap it altogether. It didn’t even get the chance to have its own configurator and back then, Audi was asking around €1 million ($1,1 million) for one unit.
Fast-forward to 2021 and it looks like Ingolstadt didn’t completely abandon the idea of an all-electric R8, but it somehow keeps it into its back pocket.
Speaking to Top Gear, Audi chief Marcus Duesmann spoke about the company’s upcoming Project Artemis and was also kind enough to drop a few impressions on the possibility of Audi building an all-electric R8.
As you know, Audi builds its e-tron GT on the same production line as the R8, so the question inevitably came: why can’t Audi build a third-generation R8 that runs purely on electricity? According to Mr. Duesmann, “that wasn’t the original idea. But it could make sense. We could do it if we wanted to.”
At this point, building a third-gen R8 with batteries and electric motors isn’t a technological problem for Audi. The carmaker will get more headaches from figuring out where to position a would-be all-electric R8 in terms of market share and pricing. What’s more, even if R&D started now, the new R8 would arrive in a sea where the likes of Rimac C_Two, Lotus Evija, and Pininfarina Battista would be lurking. Nevermind what other names might be coming to the party.
That aside, Marcus Duesmann also hinted at a potential electrified Audi A2 which could be called the E2, while point out that “electric drive allows for radical space-efficient body types.”
On that note, the undersigned has reasons to be excited either way. He’s a big fan of the Audi A2’s quirkiness and while a non-V-10 R8 would cause nausea to most purists, an all-electric version of Audi’s flagship sports car doesn’t sound that bad, does it?
|Maximum torque||678 LB-FT|
|0 to 62mph||3.9 Seconds|
|Top speed||130 MPH or 155 MPH|
|Electric range||280 miles|
Source: Top Gear