Audi R8 Electric

When the Audi R8 came out, it was hailed as an engineering masterpiece. It was fitted with a V8 petrol engine capable of 0-62mph in 4.2s, a top speed of 187mph and four-wheel drive. 

The History

That was when it came out in 2006, since then it has been given two extra cylinders, 20mph extra top speed and a slashed the 0-62mph by a second. Those are all good things for Audi’s performance car- but the deadline of ICE vehicles is approaching. So, what does that mean for the R8? 

Image: The first iteration of the Audi R8 was more restrained than some of the Italian supercars on the market

Well, it means that the R8 is going electric. The new e-tron GT is an all-electric vehicle from Audi and the RS model produces 637bhp- 26 more than the current grunting and snarling petrol R8. That seems to be the way for many performance cars, as the torque and acceleration from EVs cannot be matched by ICE cars.  

As Audi’s e-range has been dubbed e-tron, it seems likely that the R8 will also receive a name update. There will also be a new bodyshell, as the current R8 styling does not lend itself to batteries and motors.  

However, this will not be the first time the R8 has been electrified. At the Geneva Motor Show in 2015, the R8 e-tron was unveiled as a battery powered version of the car with 455bhp. Unfortunately, no one wanted it. There were 100 examples sold in the first year before it was axed.  

Image: Audi’s new RS e-tron GT is Audi’s most powerful production car ever made (picture courtesy of Audi)

Audi RS e-tron GT

That said though, the R8 is the all fun without function part of the Audi range- so it will have to be the fastest, most powerful and best to drive. We should expect some large motors for the R8 replacement because the current RS e-tron GT is faster to 60 than the R8. It also looks like an elongated version of the original R8 with low haunches and a rounded backside… It costs about the same amount too at £113,950. 

The good thing about these vehicles though is that they prove EVs can be fun for the road- not just in Formula e and insane electric hypercars like the Rimac Nevera or the NIO EP9 which both cost over £1 million.  

EVs will become a staple on our roads over the coming decade, so there have to be options of EV to fit all demographics of car ownership. 

If you are thinking of switching the petrol pump for a charging plug, then we can help! At Van MonkEV we offer the latest options in commercial EVs and cars too.  

As always, thanks for reading and we hope to speak to you soon! 

 

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