Audi Rumored To Be Working On High-Performance E-Tron GTR, Could Replace The R8

Audi’s decision to embrace electric vehicles could eventually result in the demise of the iconic R8.

The news isn’t entirely all bad as Car Magazine reports the model would effectively be replaced by a sporty new halo vehicle dubbed the e-tron GTR.

Rumored to debut in 2022, the model will reportedly have a 95 kWh solid-state battery which powers three electric motors that produce a combined output of 670 hp (500 kW / 680 PS). This would enable the car to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in a little over two seconds.

Those are some impressive numbers and so it the quoted range of 300 miles (483 km) – nearly a 100 miles (161 km) more than e-tron crossover. The sports car is also rumored to have a wireless charging capability, but there’s no word on how long the recharging process would take.

Like the e-tron GT, the e-tron GTR would be “based heavily on the Porsche Taycan’s J1 platform.” The report doesn’t go into specifics, but says the model will have an aluminum monocoque chassis and all-wheel drive.

The report is certainly interesting, but it should be taken with a grain of salt. Volkswagen has previously said a solid-state battery production line should be ready by 2025, but mass production likely won’t occur until sometime between 2025 and 2030.

That being said, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about Audi planning to build a high-performance electric vehicle. Back in January, Audi Chairman Bram Schot reportedly confirmed plans to put the PB18 e-tron concept into limited production.

The concept is largely identical to the rumored e-tron GTR as it featured a solid-state battery and three electric motors that could produce up to 764 hp (570 kW / 775 PS). This enabled the car to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in “scarcely more” than two seconds.

Note: PB18 e-tron concept pictured

  • salamOOn

    “Could Replace The R8”

    thats bad.

    • PK

      why? i don’t mind.

      • salamOOn

        another V10 will be gone.

        • PK

          well yeah. not alot of petrol combustable engine going on around. they’re not long for this world anymore.

    • Bash

      Nope, Thats good.

    • StrangerGP

      R8 is doomed either way.

  • Six_Tymes

    That concept is amazing

  • TheBelltower

    Do it!

  • DanSemering

    Yes please!

  • Dark Rebel

    Looks great, now just stuff the corporate 4.0 V8 into it and add some motors. Or at the very least add the corporate VAG 2.0 i4. Some sound is better than no sound.

    • Daniela Wolf

      Why should they?

      Through european regulations V10 will die in 2021, later on the V8 will die as well in 2025.

      • Dark Rebel

        I wouldn’t buy a mute car. Sure electric cars will be able to emulate this but just like using an emulator to play classic games its not the same as having the actual console. Also the cost of these electric cars is ridiculous. I know the raw materials is expensive for these cars but still electric cars are not new technology. They have even less parts than an ICE car by a large margin.

        Europeans need to figure out how they are going to power this dream of everything being electric. They are not energy independent at the moment.

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