Bye Bye R8…
According to Car Mag Audi is ditching the R8 in favor of an all-electric supercar that will need to stand its own against competitors like the upcoming Tesla Roadster. The e-tron GTR is expected to arrive by the year 2022 although IMHO we’ll need to wait a bit longer than that. Especially since we heard rumors about the e-tron Sportback being pushed back from 2019 to 2020.
Aluminum monocoque chassis
The e-tron GTR will have an aluminum monocoque chassis with a 95kWh solid-state battery pack and deliver around 500kW (or 650HP) derived from three electric motors, two at the rear and one at the front. Some sources mention 0-100kph (0-62mph) will be done in just over 2 seconds but I believe 3 seconds is much more realistic. It’s based heavily on the Porsche Taycan’s J1 platform which will underpin a variety of upcoming electric cars from the supercars of the VW empire (Audi, Bentley and maybe even Lamborghini).
Mileage is expected to be around 480km (300mi) and wireless charging will be possible.
e-tron and e-mobility
“Audi Sport must have e-mobility, and our icons for the brand must become electric,” said Audi R&D chief Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler in an interview with Car. We are in discussions regarding the sporty cars and the RS vehicles – they will need a change towards e-mobility.
“The e-Tron GT will come towards the end of 2020 – that’s the first step. Electrically, you can control things more, and have more of an emotional influence on driving behavior.”