ALL-NEW 2017 AUDI R8 TO BE REVEALED IN GENEVA

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In a wide-ranging interview with Australian publication CarAdvice, an Audi executive went to town with all the facts of the upcoming R8, as well as electrification. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, board member for technical development at Audi, confirmed that the all-new Audi R8 sports car will be unveiled in March at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show.

 

This is the 2009 Audi e-tron concept car on which the postponed 2012 production model would have been based.

This is the 2009 Audi e-tron concept car on which the postponed 2012 production model would have been based.

Awesome news. It also means there is a high possibility of the car appearing at the 2015 Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS) in October. More on that later. First, the new R8 will completely ditch its 6-speed manual gearbox and go fully automatic. We expect the 7-speed S tronic/ DSG to make sole duty. It makes sense, because buyers of these expensive cars are mostly over 40 years old and absolutely uninterested in changing their own gears anymore, especially those who live in traffic-dense cities like Johannesburg.

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Secondly the new R8, powered by a V8 petrol, will simultaneously be revealed alongside its e-tron sibling. Audi fans or even car fans will know that e-tron is Audi’s electric moniker. Cars badged as e-trons either run hybrid or full electric systems. The R8 e-tron, originally scheduled for release in 2012 but delayed by its initial range of 220km, is fully electric and will now have an incredible range of between 400km and 500km, which is similar to a normal petrol-powered performance car like a Jaguar F-Type (250kW).

 

This is the production version of the 2012 e-tron that never saw the light of day.

This is the production version of the 2012 e-tron that never saw the light of day.

Audi, having been left behind from the electrification process by BMW, is now fully on board and promises some type of electrification of all its cars, starting with the new Q7, the upcoming R8 and the next-generation A8. The A8 should be on the market from 2018.

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