• May 27, 2009
Audi R8 V10 - Click above for a high-res image gallery

Reports out of France and Germany indicate that in addition to the all-new A8 and A5 Sportback, Audi plans to reveal two versions of the R8 at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.

Both Auto Motor und Sport and L'Automobile report that Audi will finally reveal the R8 Spyder at the IAA expo, with the French pub saying the drop-top supercar will be available with either the standard 420 hp, 4.2-liter V8 or the newly released 525 hp, 5.2-liter V10, allowing Audi to compete directly with the 911 4S, Turbo and convertible models.

However, the big news is the rumored reveal of an electric version of the R8. Details are scarce, so it's unclear if the R8 concept will be a pure EV, a diesel/gasoline-electric hybrid, a limited production model or, more likely, just an indication that Audi is looking at future powertrains. Regardless, we'll be on the floor in Frankfurt to bring you both the reveals if/when they happen.



[Sources: AMuS, L'Automobile]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      An electric sports car is a no starter for me. You have to have acceleration, looks, handling and the beautiful sound of a lusty motor.
        • 5 Years Ago
        incase you haven't noticed.. electric cars (like the tesla) have instand power/torque on demand when you mash the accelerator, whereas your gas guzzler needs to rev up and go through the gears to compete. Granted it's not perfect, but performance wise.. with the right tuning, the electric will whup ass.. if all you want is the sound... by a soundtrack of the stuff.. I enjoy the sound as the next guy but if sound is the only reason then get a life.. there's more to it than that.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should have made them look more different from each other.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Ummm... You do realize that, that isn't a picture of these two new models right?

        Oh... You don't. Wow.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        ummmmm


        I know that. I'm saying they should have made the V10 model and V8 model look more different.

        I know this is not the electric model....duh
      • 5 Years Ago
      Electric R8? I'il believe it when I see it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        makes sense, given all the 100 year talk and recent audi hybrid/ev concept junk.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please.