SEAT-badged Audi R8 V10 Supercar Is Just A Rendering

Even though SEAT launched the Cupra Ateca as their idea of a performance vehicle, there’s never going to be an Audi R8-inspired supercar sold under the SEAT or Cupra brands. Be that as it may, Borja Pérez Loren took to his Photoshop skills to imagine the R8 with the Spanish automaker’s design language. And the result doesn’t look half bad!
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The second generation of the R8, however, is getting on a bit. But as we roll into the 2019 model year, Audi prepares to roll out the mid-cycle refresh of the mid-engine supercar. There’s even talk of a turbocharged V6 with a displacement of 2.9 liters, but for the time being, the German automaker isn’t saying a word about what the future holds for the R8.

Over at SEAT, the people in charge of Cupra have a great task ahead of them. The hot take on the Ateca is just the start, with Cupra intending to go electric at some point during the next decade. And no, the Leon isn’t it.

According to chief executive officer Luca de Meo, the compact hatchback will be offered as a plug-in hybrid from 2020. To be built in Spain at the Martorell plant, the Leon PHEV will feature “a range of at least 50 kilometers” and the MQB platform from the Volkswagen Golf. 2020 is also the year SEAT will introduce an electric vehicle on the MEB platform, and naturally, Cupra will work its magic on the yet-unnamed model.

Level 2 autonomous driving technology is on the menu as well, and unfortunately, SEAT can’t make a case for a supercar in its lineup for the time being. In the short to midterm, the company is focused on getting aligned with Skoda and Volkswagen, thus maximizing the synergies between them for greater profit margin and increased production output.

On an ending note, SEAT did produce cars with the engine located at the rear. The 850 and 133 both feature a rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive layout inherited from Fiat. Following a dispute with the Italian automaker that ended their collaboration in the early 1980s, Volkswagen Group got ahold of SEAT, and the rest - as they say - is history.


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