The Audi R8 will continue its reign as Audi’s halo car for 2016, but the next-generation model will take on an evolutionary transformation instead of a revolutionary one. The 2016 Audi R8 was rumored to take on the BMW i8 with a PHEV (plug-in hybrid vehicle) variant, but Australia’s CarAdvice says that likely won’t happen.
According to the Australian magazine, the R8, a close relative to the Lamborghini Huracán, will only be available in two models: gas-powered or full- electric R8 E-tron. However, the latter will only be available on a built-to-order basis.
Marie Ernst, Audi Product Manager, reaffirmed the company’s decision to keep the electric R8 as a request-only product. “In the next generation we will have an electric car on behalf of customers’ needs, which is only available [upon special order]. So it’s not a make of series production, but if a customer wants to have it, he can order it.”