The latest generation of Audi R8, which will become an electric sports car, will be made while maintaining the feel of a sports car with environmentally friendly technology.
autos.id – Electrification trends such as electric cars don’t just occur in the traditional car segment. But even high-performance cars like sports cars are slowly starting to follow the trend of becoming electric cars. One of them is the Audi R8 which will likely be present in the last generation as a sports car with an electric motor configuration.
The plan is that the latest generation Audi R8 with electric technology will be present in the middle of this decade around 2024 or 2025.
New use of the platform
As reported by Carscoops, this latest generation Audi R8 will stand under the latest platform called SSP Sport. This same platform was jointly developed by Audi and Porsche and is designed specifically for sports cars that support electrification. This platform is also used by the Porsche Cayman and Boxster which uses an electric motor.
In this platform, the battery will be placed vertically and stacked behind the seat. The same SSP Sport platform will replace the J1 platform previously used in the Porsche Taycan and Audi E-Tron GT. Even so, the specifics of the transmission that will be used have not yet been clearly disclosed until now.
In recent years, many have predicted that the Audi R8 will transform into an electric-powered sports car. Also in a report released by CNET, Audi Sport’s head of product marketing, Linda Kurz said that all Audi R Series sports cars will be transformed into electrification with the R8 as the first product to receive the technology.
Even so, Audi’s move to transform sports cars into environmentally friendly, fully electrified cars is not an easy job. Audi Sport boss Sebastian Grams said they need to prepare the concept of an electric sports car that can be accepted by consumers. “We had to make sure the successor to the electrified R8 didn’t leave the sports car signature behind, so this was an interesting challenge,” said Grams, as reported by Carscoops.