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Audi Will Absolutely, Positively Build the R8 e-tron (Probably)

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That only took five years to decide.

The saga as to whether or not Audi will put the R8 e-tron into production may have finally reached an official answer. According to a new report, the on-again, off-again all-electric R8 e-tron is now on-again. Got all that? Audi recently told Autocar the battery-powered supercar will reach production once the re-engineering of it has been completed. The new goal is to extend its range from 134 to 279 miles. No specific launch date was mentioned.

At one point, Audi ditched the project mainly due to a lack of battery technology allowing for sufficient driving range. It also wasn't happy with the amount of time required to charge the batteries. But thanks to significant advances in both battery and charging technologies, Audi now sees a business case. What we can confirm is that the re-engineered R8 e-tron will be built on the same platform as the new Lamborghini Huracan. But you can forget about mass production; the R8 e-tron will only be built to order. Audi also wants to use the supercar EV as a development test bed for future models.

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