- Audi has confirmed that 2023 will be the final model year for the R8 supercar.
- The GT model will serve as a send-off for the V-10-powered coupe and convertible.
- Rumors suggest an electric replacement could arrive at some point, but the timeline isn’t clear.
The Audi R8 supercar will soon reach the end of the line, Audi recently confirmed C/D during a drive of the new GT model. The 2023 model year will be the last for the R8 in the U.S., and this new trim joins the lineup to serve as a send-off for the mid-engine coupe and sunroof convertible. The 2023 R8 is currently offered in 562-hp RWD form and 602-hp Quattro form, plus the GT which is a 602-hp RWD model with other modifications.
The R8 first arrived for the 2008 model year, and the first-generation model offered both a 4.2-liter V-8 engine and a 5.2-liter V-10. The R8’s second generation used only V-10s and has been around since the 2017 model year in the U.S. Audi only sells a few hundred R8s each year, but it served as an important halo model for the brand’s RS performance cars .
It’s unclear what’s coming down the pipe to replace the R8 as Audi’s flagship sports car. Rumors suggest that an electric supercar called the RNext is in the works, but these plans are uncertain and an Audi spokesperson has denied these rumours. C/D. Even if it were to materialize, such a vehicle would probably not arrive until 2029 at the earliest.
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