Audi has big dreams for the next generation of its R8 sportscar. While the blistering 525-hp, 3.6 second 0-60 time found on the current R8 V10 is enough to bring the dead back to life, it’s long overdue for a full overhaul. And this redesign is sure to be a fuel efficient version of the beast.
With somewhere between 2015 and 2017 being the estimated time of arrival for the next R8, Audi has been slowly dishing out some juicy details to what we can expect. One of the first is a plan for a plug-in hybrid, which Audi promises will be unlike the e-tron both financially and mechanically.
“Plug-in hybrids have the advantage of a smaller battery package and this will make it feasible for customers because the price will be much lower,” said member of the board for finance, Axel Strotbek, in a new report. “The price will be much lower and as a consequence, there will be a much lower running cost in terms of electricity during the lifetime of the car.”
Audi didn’t divulge too many details on the project, but expect to see the next Audi R8 in testing stages come 2015, with production coming a year or so after.