Audi decided to abandon the successor to R8March 16, 2018
Audi can refuse to release the successor to the R8 sports car after the production of the current generation model is completed. This is reported with the reference to the head of the department of technical development of the brand Peter Mertensa tells Car and Driver.
“The car has a long life, and it has lived it dignified,” – commented Martens. “The bosses are always nervous when it comes to the successor, so you should never say never.” The release of sports cars – it’s good for Audi. “At the same time, the top manager specified that no decision to develop a successor has yet been made.
The released funds Audi will allocate for the development of hybrid and electric models. In the future, according to Martens, in the model range of the German brand will be sports cars with ICE, high-performance electric vehicles and hybrids.
Audi R8 current generation is equipped with 5.2-liter atmospheric engine V10. The delivery of the unit is 610 horsepower and 560 Nm of torque. The motor is combined with a seven-speed automatic transmission and the Quattro all-wheel drive system. Dispersal to the first 100 km/h in the sports car takes 3.2 seconds, to the second – 9.9 seconds. The maximum speed is 330 kilometers per hour.
Also, the R8 has a rear-wheel drive modification – the R8 V10 RWS. The deformed V10 motor on it produces 540 horsepower and 540 Nm of torque. R8 V10 RWS will be released in a limited edition of 999 copies.