Audi e-tron electric supercar is coming, but it won’t be an R8 model

Audi wants to make another electric supercar, even after the failure of the second generation R8 e-tron, but who knows when it’ll come to market.

Peter Mertens, head of new model development at Audi, told journalists at the Berlin Formula-E race: “You can very well imagine that at some point we will have an electric supercar.

“The question is, ‘Would I like to make it happen sooner?’ and the answer is, ‘Yes, of course.’ It is part of our plan. We’re not going to talk about that today, but I can tell you that for a brand like Audi, a supercar is always interesting, and it’s a segment in which we have been playing, we have been a very serious player.”

The new Audi e-tron supercar could have an 800V electric power system similar to the Porsche Mission-E’s, but “800V puts a significant extra cost on the bill. We need to evaluate whether customers will be prepared to pay that,” Mertens admitted. “In segments like super sports cars, it will be yes, no doubt about it,” Mertens said.

This new electric supercar won’t be like the Audi R8 e-tron, which was only on sale for 19 months, sold in small numbers, and was restricted to RWD.

Source: Car and Driver