Think of the Audi R8 Spyder and you’d think of a sprawling 5.2-liter V10. But apparently that is simply too much power for some people (or was it just too expensive?), so Audi has agreed to eventually offer a V8 for its slick Spyder. Like the V8 coupe, the V8 Spyder 4.2 FSI will be offered with either the automated manual R tronic or the conventional 6-speed manual.
With a smaller engine comes a smaller price-tag. The V8 R8 Spyder will be around $30,000 less than its V10 counterpart. More performance details will be released closer to the release date.
Audi TT Will Be Replaced By All-Electric Sports Car
It’s either electric or nothing for the small German sports car.
Audi has confirmed that the TT sports car will be killed off and replaced by an all-electric model.
Speaking at a shareholders meeting in Germany, company chairman Bram Schot admitted that Audi’s lineup was bloated and needed to be trimmed down by simplifying the powertrain range and eliminating models that no longer make sense.
“For two decades, we have had this young, emotive sports car in our product range: as a coupe and as a roadster,” he stated. ” In a few years, we will replace the TT with a new emotive model in the same price range: with an electric car.”
In an automotive environment that greatly favors SUVs and crossovers over sports cars, sales of the TT have barely registered on the charts. In fact, the sports car segment has been performing so poorly that Audi is also reviewing the business case for the Audi R8.
The R8 might also get an electric replacement, one possibly inspired by the e-tron GT concept and PB18 e-tron.
Audi e-tron’s 204-Miles Electric Driving Range Is Disappointing
Audi’s first all-electric vehicle arrives with sub-par driving range.
Audi has announced final specifications and launch details for the new e-tron SUV, and there are some disappointments.
While a 204 miles (328 km) driving range will prove sufficient for most commuters, it is significantly lower than the 295 mile (475 km) range you get with the Model X. According to Audi, average buyers of premium vehicles only travel around 30 miles (48 km) per day, so this shouldn’t be an issue.
The e-tron is also not as quick as the Model X. Its 402 horsepower in ‘Boost Mode’ allows drivers to accelerate to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, but the Tesla has a zero-to-60 mph benchmark of 4.7 seconds in standard form or 3.5 seconds for the Performance.
On a brighter note, it can add 54 miles (87 km) of range in just 10 minutes when connected to a DC fast charge and 163 miles (262 km) in 30 minutes.
Audi e-tron prices start at $74,800 in the United States, which is nearly $6,000 less than the cheapest Model X.
Audi’s Tesla Model 3-Fighter Is Coming In 2023
Telsa’s popular sedan will not go unanswered.
Having kicked off its electric vehicle blitz with the e-tron SUV, Audi is now gearing up to introduce an electric sedan that will rival the Tesla Model 3.
Speaking to at the Geneva Motor Show, Audi design boss Marc Lichte revealed that German automaker will release the new model sometime in 2023. It’s expected to be about the same size as the A4 and will ride on same PPE platform as the upcoming E-tron GT.
“There will be [electric] SUVs and low-floor sporty cars such as the E-tron GT, which is our ‘halo’ car,” Lichte stated. “There will be an E-tron GT in the [A4- sized] segment as well. We’re working on this right now.”
Audi’s Tesla Model-fighting electric sedan won’t arrive until Audi releases the e-tron Sportback electric SUV and the smaller Q4 e-tron SUV, which the company predicts will be one of its most popular electric vehicles, with sales on par with the Q3 crossover.