Report: Audi to Replace R8 with e-tron GTR

When you consider that the Audi R8—along with its sister car, the Huracan—is the last V10-powered car on the road, it starts to look more and more like a panda: endangered and not that likely to reproduce. So it shouldn’t come as a shock that the rumors are again swirling that an electric supercar is coming to replace it.

The latest report is from CAR magazine in the UK, which cites uncredited sources from within Audi as claiming that a three-motor, 650 hp, all-wheel-drive e-tron with a 0-60 time of fewer than two seconds is set to replace the aging R8.

Of course, this is all a few years down the road—no fewer than three years before the technology even becomes available to Audi, according to CAR—so even if the report is accurate, Audi could be blowing smoke.

Regardless, the report claims that the so-called “e-tron GTR” will come with 95kWh solid-state batteries, wireless charging, a 300-mile range, and an aluminum monocoque chassis, to name a few of the highlights.

Essentially, though, it would be based on the Porsche Taycan chassis, a theory that holds water since Audi and Porsche have already come out and said that they’ll be working together on the VW Group’s performance EV platform. As Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler, Audi’s R&D chief put it, “Audi Sport must have e-mobility, and our icons for the brand must become electric.

The car should be even more extreme than the e-tron GT, which is expected in 2020, though it likely won’t have the sliding seat of the PB18.