The Audi R8 has been a staple of not only Audi but motorsports and luxury performance vehicles as a whole. Finding major success in every single year's model releases, it is hard to believe that there could ever be a time in which the R8 as we know it today could be a thing of the past. If recent rumors and reports are to be believed however, that day could be quickly approaching us in the years to come.

Why do we believe that the R8 will be discontinued?

Reports from both trustworthy and undisclosed sources close to Audi have hit earlier this year around April 2019 that this is exactly what Audi is planning according to a piece put out by CAR. Audi's R&D chief Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler said told CAR, "Audi Sport must have e-mobility, and our icons for the brand must become electric. We are in discussions regarding the sporty cars and the RS vehicles-they will need a change towards e-mobility." With all of the recent focus on developing and marketing the new e-tron series, which had it's first all electric model released this year, it really is no surprise that many existing Audi models would be heading towards replacement or electric implementation.

What does this mean for Audi?

While this can understandably be taken negatively and sad that the end of an incredible era is upon us, we think that there is even MORE reason to be excited! First off, this is only the beginning of an exciting new technological age which has an unbelievable amount of potential. Recent advancements in car manufacturing have finally opened the door to the production of a fully scalable electric vehicle lineup that has never been seen before, and we fully expect it to only improve from here - in technological design as well as production capabilities.
Additionally, it is reported that unnamed sources within Audi have confirmed that the R8 replacement is not due to be released until between 2022-2024 which means that the R8 as we know it in combustion engine form will have at least 3 more new models. So, its not time to get too sentimental just yet - who knows what surprises Audi will have for the R8's final years.

What will replace the R8?

So, what can we expect for the replacement EV?? One thing is for sure - it's going to be fast as hell. Earlier this year, sources were reporting that the replacement was going to be named the e-tron GTR while now recently, there are reports that it will simply be called the RS e-tron. It is no surprise that this electric supercar will be apart of the e-tron line, which also suggests that this may be their entirely main focus in the years to come with so much expansion.

Being so far away, obviously it is impossible to confirm all of the technical specifications of this car, especially given how much could change in terms of technical advancement or company infrastructure, however some of the expected features of the e-tron GTR/RS include:

- 300 mile range
- 0-60mph time of 2.5 seconds
- Wireless charging
- 3-4 electric motors
- 650-950 horsepower (big range, we know)
- ~$225,000 starting price tag