Is Audi Killing Off The R8 In 2020?

After giving it a deep thought financially, Audi reportedly have concluded that pulling the plug on the R8 is the best thing to do.

The news comes from Automobile magazine which says that the Germans will axe the R8 in 2020, when the successor of the current Lamborghini Huracan, which also shares its platform and engine with the R8, will come into the picture.We’ve reached out to Audi for a comment and will update this story when we hear back from them.

More worryingly, according to the same story, Audi have allegedly decided that the replacement of the R8 E-Tron is a no-go either. That’s not all, because plans for what should have become the brand’s hypercar, supposedly powered by four 1.2-liter Ducati bike engines, delivering 1000hp, and known internally as the Scorpion, have been shelved as well.

The new 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that powers the RS4 and RS5 is almost at its full potential too, which is apparently the 470PS (463hp) mark, or 20PS (20hp) more than the performance models mentioned above. However, it’s believed that a plug-in hybrid version will throw in an 116PS (114hp) electric motor, although it’s unclear yet which cars will adopt it.

Performance versions of the A6, A7, and A8 are just around the corner, and the RS6 and RS7 are expected to use the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that powers the Porsche Panamera Turbo and Bentley Continental GT, without any electrification. However, this report contradicts a previous one that gave insight into a more extreme version of the RS7, which should come with a PHEV powertrain, combining the aforementioned internal combustion unit with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.

It’s not clear what will power the S6 and S7 versions, but we’re likely looking at a twin-turbo V6 petrol engine that should at least match the current models’ output of 450hp, whereas the new S8 might arrive with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 lump.

An RS version of the upcoming Q8 is also expected at the turn of the decade, possibly powered by the same 650PS (641hp) 4.0-liter twin-turbo found in the Lamborghini Urus.

The cherry on top of the cake is reportedly Audi’s own version of the Porsche Mission E, which is due in 2019, as a modern interpretation of the Audi Quattro with seating for five.


  • I wonder if it’s one of the effect of recent shake up within Audi Sport. If it’s true then it’s a shame to lose such a halo car within Audi range.

    And this isn’t the first time Audi cancel supercar project, we got the Le Mans inspired road car few years ago, the Nanuk and now the Scorpion.

  • botornot387

    doutbful the R8 will get completely killed considering it just launched in 2016 and that’s an incredibly short life span, and they are money makers for the brand that sell very well. maybe reformed in another iteration. Also, this story has some inaccuracies as we already know that the S6 and S7 will be powered by the TTV6 from the RS5.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Then what will Tony Stark drive?



    • Leconte Dave


      • Honda NSX-R

        I think an S8 would be fitting too.

    • PK

      BMW i8!

    • Belthronding Tinuviel

      rs6 performance


    probably to make room for upcoming huracan successor

    • I don’t think so, look at the price point, R8 is available with V8 which targeted sports car buyer in terms of 911. And even the top of the line V10 Plus is considerably cheaper than entry level RWD Huracan.

  • pcurve

    That stinks. Probably was the only car in Audi line up that Audi designers looked forward to working on.

  • Elmediterraneo

    The death of the Audi R8 and his electrical twin is logic for a lot of reasons :
    1 – Lamborghini Huracan’s substitute will be based on the carbon monocoque platform of the Aventador’s successor. And so, building an R8 on that platform would be too expansive regarding his position on the market.
    2 – Using a Porsche 911 platform would require a lot of modifications because of the rear mounted engine layout while the R8 is a mid-engine.
    3 – As consequence of the dieselgate, the Volkswagen Group took the decision to stop all over the next decade, all the platforms developed by Audi for petrol cars :
    – the MLB which underpins the Audi A4, Audi A5, Audi A6, Audi A7, Audi A8.
    – the MLB for SUV which underpins the Audi Q5, Porsche Macan, Audi Q7, Audi Q8, Porsche Cayenne, Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga.
    – the MSS used by the Audi R8 and the Lamborghini Huracan.
    Next generations (beyond 2022) Audi A4, A5 and Q5 (maybe Q6 as Q5’s coupe version) will be on the Golf’s MQB platform. While all the other models are gonna be build on the Panamera’s MSB platform.
    4 – Their focus now is to develop daily usable and sellable electrical cars like the SUV’s or 4 door coups, making an electric sportscars is not a priority for Audi considering the brand’s position in the market.
    5 – Audi’s head of R&D says that V10 and W12 engines don’t have a future anymore.

    So what could be Volkswagen Groups’s future sportcars line-up :
    – Porsche 718 with Flat-4 turbocharged engines.
    – Porsche 911 with Flat-6 turbocharged engines.
    – Lamborghini Huracan’s successor with a V8 biturbo.
    – Lamborghini Aventador’s successor with a V12 naturally aspirated plug-in hybrid.

    • Belthronding Tinuviel

      all good,but there ll be no v8 biturbo huracan successor.

      • Elmediterraneo

        You know for the Aventador’s replacement, they’ll gonna make a new V12 7.0 liter naturally aspirated (probably with plug-in hybrid) and it should stay like that to be part of the Countach-Diablo-Murcielago-Aventador lineage and carrying Lamborghini’s heritage as their own flagship.

        But for the Huracan lineage things are different for some reasons :
        – The original Gallardo was just designed as a more affrodable supercar than the V12 model.
        – It doesn’t have the Lamborghini iconic scissor doors.
        – The current V10 is developed by Audi and was originally designed for the Gallardo in 2003 before making his way to the R8 and then live another generation again inside the current R8 and Huracan. Plus : the 4.2 liter V8 (Audi R8 4.2 FSI and RS4 B7) who shared a lot of parts with that V10 is no longer produced anymore.

        Of course as a petrolhead I would love to see the V10 sound live again in the future but the people who build those cars have to deal with a lot of problems :
        – They can’t keep the current V10 because he’ll be very old to live another 10 years with future regulations.
        – They can’t make a new V10 because that would cost a lot of money, especially if it’s for only one model ! (There is an exception for the V12 because that’s for the most expensive and iconic model). And so the Huracan successor, like the Gallardo or the current Huracan has to be Lamborghini’s best selling sportscar so they can’t make it too exepnsive with a newly developed V10.

        That’s why the V8 biturbo is the most logical and only option left :
        – It’s already developed by Porsche and they’ll make his development profitable by putting it in a lot of Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini and Porsche models.
        – The main competition like the Ferrari 488 and the McLaren 720S already uses a Biturbo V8.
        – Less consumption, more torque, plug-in hybrid compatible and all of that ecologic bullshit that you all know.
        – The Urus is already here with that engine and could be followed soon by a 4 door coupe.

        I can now officialy say that the twin-turbo V8 is the king of luxury car engines. He killed the naturaly aspirated V10 in sportcars and started now to killing the twin-turbo V12 in luxury cars. Only the naturally aspirated V12 in the sportcars is survivng for the moment.

        • Belthronding Tinuviel

          thanks and appreciate for your time!

  • Mehdi Cheddadi

    well looks like my 2012 6mt r8 will go up in value, very nice.

    • nastinupe

      How smooth does it shift? The one I drove shifted horribly.

      • Mehdi Cheddadi

        it shifts like a well oiled precision cut machine.

        • Belthronding Tinuviel

          ..and how well oiled precison cut machine shifts?
          like a audi r8?

          • Mehdi Cheddadi


  • SteersUright

    Smart move. The R8 was largely unchanged since launch and Audi needs a new and exciting halo car. I’d love to see what they come out with because the R8 itself was rather spectacular.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Sad! At least we’ll probably get more CUVs…


  • smartacus

    AUDI needs an R4

    • Belthronding Tinuviel

      sort of tt?

  • kachuks

    Certainly hope there will be a replacement in some form. How can a giant like Audi not have a halo car?

  • StrangerGP

    It’s not selling? Well maybe you should’ve designed a brand new R8, not something that looks like a failed facelifting.

  • Vassilis

    I really hope this isn’t true.

  • nastinupe

    They aren’t selling. The don’t advertise it but there are some deep discounts on the R8. They sit on the showroom floor for months. They are way too expensive. The last generation started at $114,000. This generation starts around $175,000 and easily eclipses $200,000. They should have kept the price under $120,000. I almost bought the first generation and out the door it was going to be $128,000.

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