Audi R8 GT Spyder Won't Happen, And This Is Why

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There are fewer than 3,000 cars left to come globally.

Audi has just revealed the 2023 R8 GT as a send-off to the second-generation supercar and the V10 engine, but the brand has told CarBuzz that there will not be an R8 GT Spyder for this generation.

Nils Fischer, Technical Project Manager of the Audi R8, at the international launch of the GT in Spain, confirmed to us that Audi had no plans to produce a drop-top variant, even though Audi had produced an R8 Spyder for the first-gen car back in 2010.

"For the first generation, we did 333 coupes and also 333 Spyder," Fischer tells us while talking about the reason behind the 333-strong production run of the new model. But when asked if a Spyder version will mimic the coupe's production run, he responds in the negative.

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This approach mirrors that of Lamborghini, which has refused to produce a drop-top version of the Huracan Tecnica. But while that was because the Tecnica is a track-focused tool and a Spyder variant defies that - as Lamborghini CTO Rouven Mohr told CarBuzz before - Audi has a different reason: there simply isn't enough production volume left.

The R8 is living on borrowed time; various Audi Sport executives confirmed at the launch that production will officially cease after 2023. That means you have just more than a year in which to buy an Audi R8 with a V10, as it will not return for the 2024 model year in any form.

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Audi is on track to produce 1,000 R8s in 2022, with this number limited due to supply chain constraints that have affected automakers globally. The forecast is that 2023 will be better, and 2,000 units of the mid-engined supercar will roll off the production line of the Bollinger Hofe production facility.

Audi previously made it official that the next-generation Audi R8 - or Rnext, as some reports suggest it will be called - will go electric and will share a platform with the electric Porsche Cayman. However, Fischer says that the details of the next generation are still being determined. It could be hybrid, or it could be electric, but nothing is set in stone.

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While Audi's electrification strategy was confirmed by brand officials, recent loopholes in European legislation surrounding a combustion band by 2035 have made provision for technologies like synthetic fuel, prompting Audi engineers to tell CarBuzz that combustion itself will likely live on beyond 2030 in the brand's products.

Whether that includes the R8 remains to be seen, but we couldn't help but suggest that if Audi is forced to kill the V10, at least a hybrid version of the RS3's inline-five could retain the car's ability to offer a unique exhaust note. Fischer declined to comment on whether or not that was a possibility, though.

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