The Audi R8 Is Officially Dead

1 month, 4 weeks ago - 26 March 2024, Motor1
Audi R8
Audi R8
The final car has rolled off the assembly line, with no replacement in sight.

After the last TT was produced in November 2023, an even greater Audi icon will drive off into the proverbial sunset. The final R8 has rolled off the assembly line at the Audi Böllinger Höfe site in Heilbronn, Germany. The supercar's epilogue is a Vegas Yellow coupe (just like the one pictured here) in the Performance Quattro Edition with a carbon fiber exterior package and 20-inch wheels.

Audi had to extend production of the R8 to keep up with an influx of customer orders following the company’s announcement about killing the flagship sports car. Originally, the last car was supposed to be built at the end of 2023 but that didn't happen until this month. Last year, sales went up by 49 percent, reaching 1,591 units. However, the R8 was still by far the slowest-selling global product.

Looking back at sales results, demand for the R8 has always been low, which is understandable given the car's exorbitant price tag. Demand peaked in 2008 when Audi shipped 5,016 cars to customers.

These sales numbers take into consideration both the Coupe and Spyder variants.

YearSales
20231,591
20221,068
20211,887
20201,651
20191,944
20182,760
20173,068
20162,878
20152,191
20142,222
20132,595
20122,536
20113,349
20103,166
20093,074
20085,016
20072,952

The demise of the Audi R8 means Volkswagen Group's venerable V-10 engine is one foot in the grave. Lamborghini will phase out the R8's sister car, the Huracan, later this year. The remaining production run has been accounted for. It effectively means you can't order a supercar with the naturally aspirated 5.2-liter mill anymore. The Huracan has consistently been the more popular of the two mid-engined supercars, which probably explains why only Lamborghini will introduce a successor this year.

In June 2023, Lamborghini said it was making so much money that it has the necessary funds for the development of the new model without sharing costs with Audi. The follow-up to the Huracan is expected to be a Lambo through and through but with a plug-in hybrid setup featuring a downsized gasoline engine. The ICE is reportedly a twin-turbo V-8 believed to work as an NA engine until 7,000 rpm when forced induction is said to kick in.

While Lamborghini is gearing up to launch a new model with a bull's name, Audi doesn't intend to launch a direct successor. Now and then, company officials hint at an all-electric replacement, but it's likely not coming anytime soon. We do know the high-revving V-10 is dead for good. Blame it on the R8's steep asking price and increasingly stringent emissions regulations.

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