Audi is preparing a hybrid version of the Audi R8September 25, 2020
The electrified Audi R8 will be the next step in the evolution of the German brand.
The Audi R8 and its Italian cousin, the Lamborghini Huracan, are cars that you rarely see on the road. In addition, the stringent emission standards nearly signed the verdict on their V10 engines. Mercedes also has no plans to upgrade its V8 and is rumored to be considering a four-cylinder option for cars such as the AMG C63.
The Ingolstadt company needs to adapt to survive, and Audi management recognizes that electrification is the only option. The German brand’s executives recently announced that new plug-in hybrid models are coming soon, hinting at the electrification of the RS lineup.
Discussing the new hybrid models, the head of product and technology communications, Ekkehard Kleindinst, said that “they are truly born and bred by the RS models supplied with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.” Sure, the RS6 Avant and its sister RS7 have already gone through hybridization, but given that all niches in the auto industry must strive to be cleaner, even the powerful R8 could soon have an electric motor.
This will not only reduce emissions, but it will almost certainly make the potentially hybrid R8 even more productive than it is now. Moreover, the official debut of the hybrid may take place as early as next year.
While speculation about what type of engine will accompany the electrical system is meaningless at this point, fans sincerely hope that Audi will find a way to keep the R8 in the V10, rather than replace it with a V8 or something worse. Perhaps the lessons learned and the successes achieved in the Audi e-tron project will be sufficient to ensure that the brand retains a great-sounding engine in its supercar for some time.
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