Electrification Coming To Next-Generation Audi R8

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"I don’t think we will develop a successor of the current model with just a fully naturally aspirated engine or with a normal combustion engine,” said Oliver Hoffmann. The managing director of Audi Sport didn’t leave it there, adding that no decision was made about the type of electrification.
Audi prepares to welcome 12-volt mild hybridization in the A4 with the 2.0 TDI, and further still, the Germans have experience with 48-volt mild hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and full-electric models such as the e-tron. The question is, what will happen to the R8 going forward into the next decade?

Lamborghini made it clear the V10 and V12 engines in the Huracan and Aventador will be hybridized for obvious reasons, combining performance with a bit more eco-friendliness. Audi could borrow the 5.2-liter hybridized V10 from the Huracan’s successor, but at the same time, the four-ringed automaker could decide to venture into a different direction with the mid-engine supercar.

Remember the all-electric R8 e-tron from not that long ago? That didn’t sell well, the performance wasn’t up to snuff, and the driving range was appalling to say the least. But the arrival of the e-tron GT could change that, more so because Audi has confirmed that both the e-tron GT and R8 will be produced in Neckarsulm from 2020 onwards. “Here a unique combination of craftsmanship and smart factory is coming to life,” said production manager Wolfgang Schanz. believes a super-sports car that will be launched in 2023, “named the GTR” and “powered by solid state rather than lithium-ion batteries.” When pressed about the matter, Hoffmann revealed that “the R8 and the concept of the super-sport car are important to Audi.”

There’s still a lot of left to squeeze out of the R8, which received a mid-cycle refresh in 2018. Codenamed Type 4S, the second generation is available in the United States both as a coupe and convertible. Pricing starts at $169,900 excluding destination for the non-plus version, which develops 562 horsepower at 8,100 rpm and 406 pound-feet of torque at 6,400 rpm.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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