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    Rumorpile: Audi R8 To Be Killed Off

      A couple of other projects have also been canned

    According to a new report from Automobile, the Audi R8 supercar will not have a third-generation model. The report says the R8 is a slow seller and Audi has decided it wouldn't be worth the money to develop a new one. The model will depart in 2020 when the replacement for the Lamborghini Huracán arrives - the R8 shares the same platform and engine.

    Audi has pulled the plug on a successor to the R8 e-tron and a supercar project known as Scorpion. The latter project would have used a V8 that would be made up of four 1.2L Ducati motorcycle engines.

    At least other performance projects seem to be on track. The upcoming RS4 and RS5 will use a new 2.9L twin-turbo V6 producing 450 horsepower. This engine is almost nearing its power ceiling as Automobile says the maximum power it can achieve is 470. There is the possibility of a plug-in hybrid powertrain using this engine along with an 85 kW electric motor to produce even more power - although, there are no scheduled plans to add this to either model.

    The next-generation RS6 and RS7 will retain the 4.0L twin-turbo V8 found in the current models.

    On top of Audi's RS offerings will be the RS Q8 due in 2020. Basically a coupe-styled version of the Q7, the RS version will use the same 4.0L twin-turbo V8 found in the upcoming Lamborghini Urus that produces 641 horsepower.

    Source: Automobile



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    1 hour ago, balthazar said:

    Half of Audi's lineup are "slow sellers"- wonder if other models are also under consideration for getting chopped?

    That may be true in the US, but we're fast becoming a secondary market to China.  Just because a particular car sells poorly here doesn't mean it does in China. Buick sells more Regals in China than they sell of all Buicks in the US.

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    I'm realize that but - the cost of importing, certifying, marketing, stocking parts & servicing a unique model that sells 250 units/month has got to be a net loss. My comment was not so much meant globally, but on a per market basis.

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    9 hours ago, balthazar said:

    "The air's electric, sparking power,
    loaded, loaded."

    ~ Dave's favorite song, he sings it all day long. :D

    Needle's stuck.  :AH-HA:

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    I dint know how to feel about this. I liked the 1st gen a lot. The 2nd gen not so much but I still thought highly of it. Its a shame for it to go away. 

    At least the RS6 with V8 motorvation is a thing. 

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