It's no surprise that some of our favorite cars—and engines—are being replaced with near-silent electric vehicles at this point. That's not really a bad thing for performance, given the tremendous speed and acceleration that batteries and electric motors can bring, but it's easy to get sentimental about it. As a result, enjoy the existing V10-powered Audi R8 while we still have it, since according to Roadshow, it will be replaced by a high-powered EV.
Audi Sport's head of product marketing, Linda Kurz, told the source that the brand's next R-labeled halo vehicle will be all-electric. Kurz continued, "Audi's RS E-Tron GT is admittedly great." "The "next challenge" will be to "change the R category, which will be all-electric." For the next ten years, this will be our mission."
The exact year in which this Audi R8 successor will arrive is unknown, at least to those of us on the outside. Audi has previously stated that any new vehicle it produces after 2026 will be electric, and by that time, it expects to have electrified 80 percent of its RS portfolio.
You'll notice that Kurz doesn't specifically mention the R8 in her comment. That's because the R8 as we know it may not survive through its current iteration; we've heard rumblings about this over the last year. She's referring to Audi Sport's elite R segment as a whole, so it's possible we'll see a completely new vehicle to replace the R8 as the top-tier model.
Audi's beloved supercar will be available in both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive as early as December 2021. If you prefer the former and desire the more tail-happy R8, the 5.2-liter V10 with 562 horsepower is happy to oblige. If you upgrade to the V10 Performance variant with Quattro AWD, you'll get 602 horsepower. Whichever one you choose; it will come with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
If you're clinging to a V8-powered R8 with a gated manual shifter from the past, the switch to electric can be very difficult for you.