Before the first-generation R8 was introduced, Audi was never seen as a manufacturer of supercars. While cars like the Quattro and RS6 were fast for their day, they were far from a Lamborghini or Ferrari.
Now, though, Audi is a full-fledged purveyor of fast, expensive sheet metal. The second-generation R8 is a huge leap from first-gen car, and after the all-electric E-Tron version goes on sale later this year, the automaker will have one of the most technologically advanced models under the VW Group umbrella.
So with that in mind, is it Audi ready for a full-fledged hypercar akin to the Porsche 918 Spyder? It’s a touchy subject, as Porsche currently owns a majority stake in VW Group, so you can guarantee they’d take issue with Ingolstadt producing a faster, more expensive car than their beloved 918.
Audi probably wouldn’t bring their figurative hypercar to market if it was going to play second fiddle to the 918, either. In our opinion, it would be best for the automaker to stick to making the R8 and R8 E-Tron as best as they can be throughout this coming lifecylce, and leave the super high performance stuff to Porsche for now.
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