What If VW Allowed Seat To Badge-Engineer The Audi R8?

Maybe, at some point, someone within the Volkswagen Group raised the idea of offering a supercar as a halo car for Seat.

For obvious reasons, however, it never materialized. And even if it did, it’d never look anything like this, as it would have been quite odd to have a Spanish derivative of a German supercar – which also shares a lot of parts with an Italian exotic, namely the Lamborghini Huracan.

The thing is that Audi has the gravitas to pull it off, whereas Seat simply doesn’t and, in any case, is trying to get a reboot with a host of SUVs.

Nevertheless, a rendering artist spent a few hours rearranging the pixels of the Audi R8 turn it into a Seat. Borja Perez Loren has digitally transformed the front end of the car, which now gets a narrower grille, similar to other modern vehicles made by the Spanish car company, new headlights with incorporated LED DRLs, a modified rear bumper and new taillights.

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Since the R8 is offered right now with just one engine, a 5.2-liter V10, that’s what would power the imaginary Seat supercar. To keep costs down, they’d probably have to ditch all-wheel drive in favor of a simpler, rear-wheel drive setup, much like the R8 RWS.

We have to admit that the changes don’t look half bad, but the sad truth is that Seat has still a long way to go before it adds a bona fide supercar in its range. Even the much-touted sports car has failed to materialize, and with this segment shrinking in size, we can’t see it happening at all.

The good news is that those SUVs seem pretty decent, so if they sell well, then perhaps one day the “Spanish Alfa Romeo”, as the VW Group likes to think of Seat, will indeed roll out something really exciting.

  • Craig

    I should have put my better glasses on. At first I thought it said ‘Scat’ and I thought to myself, “Oh no! not again!”

    • OdysseyTag

      2 Badges 1 Car
      0/10 wouldn’t recommend.

    • Mike anonymous

      If this happened, there would be RIOTS in the streets.

      • Earl Scheib

        Why not… and jam a crappy VW badge on the grill too!

        • Mike anonymous

          Or you could just slap a Lamborghini logo on it and add a more powerful engine…

          (Yes, I’m still pretty upset with what happened to the Urus)

  • Elpatore

    Isn’t the Huracan very closely related to the R8?

    • Bo Hanan

      Same car. V10 shared in different tunes. Many VW cars are too close to each other.

      • Earl Scheib

        You think??? They’re now the GM of the 80s!

        • Matthew Boyd

          Uhhhh…no. Go explain to to people buying a Lamborghini Urus that their just buying an Audi A4. There built on the same platform yes, but learn what a platform is because you’re lacking in the knowledge department making a comment like…unless you’re purposely trolling..?

          • botornot387

            they are purposely trolling. they do this on every VW brand post.

      • Matthew Boyd

        You’re right, the R8 and Huracan are closely related, more so than most people realize. They share chassis components, carbon fiber tub components but those are unique as they’re different shapes, no different than that of aluminum of steel vehicles body structures under their panels formed with the cars overall shape in mind. There are other components they share like steering and electronics which just about all automakers share but don’t blast it in the media that they do. I believe their B-pillar construction is the same too, as thats the only area on both cars that look similar, but that’s in part due to the V10 engine they share and the cars structure to support it especially in case of impacts.

        • Thank you, honestly I’m just too tired to explain to people why they are different. You doing a PSA job mate.

  • Mr. EP9

    No. Just no.

  • PK

    it’ll look like a messed up audi r8 twin looking.

  • Stanley

    I’d buy VW badged one with the twin turbo VR6 engine from the gti concept. Plaid seats with a VW styled interior. Make it rwd and 80k price point… But that SEAT concept is hideous.

  • Dude

    Not bad. They should let SEAT make a new Scirocco though

    • Remind me of Seat Tango, VW killed that project as well… oh what a shame.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    skoda badged bugattis coming soon

    • Earl Scheib

      Sweet! Cant wait!!

  • ZYGIUS

    Im immediately remembered Skodas badged R8
    So, thanks but maybe no….
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b9c7257fed7f817d7f770f23e5f7d72487a47a65ca5683f7c026cc285bede53e.jpg

    • This is actually a third party conversion and not actually badged as Skoda, but a tribute to 130.

  • XtremWize
  • Six_Tymes

    Nah…

  • fabri99

    What about a small TT-sized coupé instead? But possibly RWD, ideally even mid-engined. Oh, and affordable, too.

  • “Maybe, at some point, someone within the Volkswagen Group raised the idea of offering a supercar as a halo car for Seat.”

    Actually they do.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5a2e648d3307d93e44ebfb2320dd083040cbc1face4110c3fd79994ca214b058.jpg

    The concept was so well received that some wealthy enthusiast give Seat a blank cheque, VW at first were receptive to the idea as well, thinking it can give the brand a good image. Sadly at that time VW had other sportscar project and Cupra GT got canned, but they allow Seat to built racing version for Spanish team.

  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    It’s kind of hard for me to read Alfa Romeo and Seat in the same sentence

  • flyfish

    No way VW could design something like this, it doesn’t look bad. If they actually applied their design language it would be the same boring, snooze-fest dated styling we’ve come to expect.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    If anything this shows just how generic the second gen R8 is.

    Definitely a Volkswagen product.

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