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The Audi R8 bows out

The driver Tom Kristensen, nine times champion of the 24 hours of Le Mans, will give his last laps to the legendary Audi R8 this weekend. The mythical sportswoman disappears definitively…

That’s it, it’s definitely over for the Audi R8, or almost… Launched in 2007 for its first generation, the R8 was a proposal for very successful supercar, coming from a manufacturer for the less unusual: Audi. Although historically present in competition, the brand had never invested in this niche in the past. Already because within the Volkswagen group, it is above all Porsche and Lamborghini which were priority. Then because Audi, as a premium manufacturer, offered more sedans or statutory SUVs. The TT, the RS4 or the A8 W12 however showed that the manufacturer was perfectly suited to offer such a sports house.

A departing icon

Arrival in 2015, the second generation (which is actually more of a facelift) took up the general look. To make it squarer, more incisive, sharper. It has since continued on its merry way, regularly declining in special series or limited editions. Note that a discoverable version Spyder had been marketed since 2008 in parallel with the coupe. Latest, the R8 Coupé V10 GT RWD. Limited to 333 copies, it’s an even more radical version than the mainstream R8. Assorted elements and exclusive features. It is also this new version that has forced the manufacturer to extend the career of its supercar for a few additional months.

How to say goodbye to you ?

She was originally supposed to leave the scene in early 2023, to leave the field open in the Böllinger Höfe factory to other models of the group. And with Audi electrificationthese are essential models for the future of the range, which require a sustained production rate. The information is not yet final, but it could be future Audi A6 and A4 e-tron, 100% electric. The R8 has therefore resisted so far, but the time has come for the hour to leave the scene.

It will do its last laps this weekend on the Laguna Seca circuit in the United States, driven by Tom Kristensen (nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours champion). No replacement is planned for the moment, the projects being for the time being cannibalized precisely by Porsche and Lamborghini. She could come back in a few years in 100% electric, but nothing has been confirmed yet. Sometimes you have to enjoy the present moment and savor the good things, and this news from Audi is one of them!

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