With the sports car segment shrinking in recent years, the trend has prompted Audi to reconsider the TT and R8 to figure out whether the two models could still have a life beyond the current generations.
Many rumors pointed towards the demise of the naturally aspirated supercar and a four-door transformation of the baby R8, Ingolstadt is thinking of an entirely different approach.
At this week’s Annual General Meeting where Audi announced a slew of new models for 2019, Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler, the company’s board member for technical development, talked briefly about the TT and the R8. He referred to the former as being “emotional” and that Audi has been “having emotional discussions at the board level.” He admitted some people within the company want to phase out the TT altogether, but Rothenpieler and others are fighting to keep it alive.
Audi recently facelifted the TT and R8, which means you’ll still be able to buy these cars for a couple of years. What will happen after that? Not even Audi knows that…