please let us be silent for a moment. Today we mourn two of Audi’s greatest creations.
The Audi R8 super sports car and the Audi TT sports car. Two absolute giggle machines.
Both will be killed off by the end of 2023. Why?
Because there is no longer a business case for them. Mixing gas and air is dead. Horsepower is dead.
The future is electricity and kilowatts and sockets.
Luckily, Audi will give us one last hardcore R8 GT by then.
Power hiked to 600 horses, rear-wheel drive, fixed rear wing, carbon everything.
pure fun. The ultimate R8. In other words, a racing car with license plates.
There will also be a TT RS Final Edition that will be just as enjoyable for a lot less money.
When the electric R8 replacement hits the market in 2025 I’m sure it will be beautiful to look at, crazy fast and have fun buttons like drift mode.
But it won’t make the hairs on the back of your neck tingle like the sound of a naturally aspirated V10 in full attack mode. Not much will.
Interestingly, the R8’s sister car, the Lamborghini Huracan, is said to be hybrid – with a big petrol engine and glorious soundtrack to go with it.
In terms of looks, the PB18 concept car shown at Pebble Beach in 2018 may give us a glimpse of Audi’s first electric supercar.
So, enough about the future.
Let’s talk about the R8 that you see on these pages today. That makes Audi cool.
Every time you stop in one, it’s live on Instagram. It draws everyone’s eyes like a supermodel with no clothes on.
And it’s instantly recognizable. You would recognize this silhouette under a silk sheet. Like a TT.
The standard R8 is quattro, meaning all-wheel drive and super tacky.
This test car is the R8 Performance RWD, meaning rear-wheel drive and less sticky.
It’s lighter, more playful and more rocket-launching – top speed is 204 mph – but it behaves impeccably in traffic and at normal speeds.
The cockpit is typical Audi. clinical. Technically rich. And surprisingly comfortable.
There is space for a flight bag under the bonnet. Nothing is missing.
Without a doubt, the R8 and the TT are two of the coolest cars Audi has ever produced. We will miss them when they are gone.