Things Aren’t Looking Good for the R8, But It’s Not Quite Dead Yet

Audi currently has no plans for a successor to the much loved R8, according the brand’s R&D chief, Peter Mertens.

at the Geneva Motor Show, Mertens let slip that there is no plan for a third generation of Audi’s supercar.

The revelation is particularly gut-punching since, by Mertens’ own admission the R8 is “doing okay,” agreed when someone in the room asserted that there are no plans to replace it.

Fortunately, Mertens would not confirm the model’s death, either, saying that “it has a long life” ahead of it.

“I always get [my PR chief] very nervous when I start talking about that stuff,” said Mertens, of the R8. “Never say never; performance cars are good for Audi.”

Part of that long life will likely be a V6 variant of the R8. Reportedly set to use the same twin-turbo V6 engine as the RS5, which we know to be capable of at least 450 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque, the R8 V6 would be lighter and more affordable than the current V10 model.

After that, though, the R8 might fade away, replaced by Audi’s coming range of electric and hybrid vehicles.  

The silver lining there is that Mertens did state that performance and EV are antonymous in Audi’s vernacular.

“There will be very traditional combustion-engine high-performance vehicles, pure battery-electric vehicles on the high-performance side, and our sister brand Porsche also very much proves with their plug-in hybrids that the combination of both is a fantastic answer as well,” Mertens told Car and Driver.

As for the R8’s sister, the Lamborghini Huracan, its luck might not be up either. Although Audi reportedly won’t be developing its own combustion engine chassis anymore, Porsche will and the

That also leaves the door open for Audi, but it sounds like it will choose to follow the e-Trons, leaving the emotional internal combustive fare for its Italian stablemate.

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