Rumor: Audi to debut electric, convertible R8s

Rumor has it that Audi has convertible and electric R8 variants in the works.

Audi R8, speeding down a country road

Audi loves its R8 variants. So far, we've seen V-8 and V-10 gasoline engines and V-12 TDI concept. Now, if rumors are to be believed, Audi is poised to introduce two more variants of the R8 supercar at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt: a convertible and a zero-emissions electric version.

Audi R8 convertible spy shot
Rumor has it that Audi has a convertible R8 in the works. Carparazzi/Auto Motor und Sport

The convertible has been spied testing by German publication Auto Motor und Sport, so it is all but guaranteed to be unveiled sometime in the near future. However, the electric version is something of a dark horse, subject to speculation. No one knows if it will be full electric or merely a hybrid.

Here's what Google Translate thinks Auto Motor has to say:

In addition to the convertible variant of the Audi R8, Audi wants to also prove that an electric motor can be implemented in more than just small vehicles. Thus, at the IAA also e-version of the Audi R8 will also be seen.

E-version sounds to me like a full on R8 EV to me, but we'll have to wait to see what, if anything, Audi will do.

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