Monday, December 16, 2013

Audi plans to introduce R8 e-tron next year

The Audi R8 e-tron seems to be back on track as the carmaker is planning to introduce such a model sometimes next year.


With a combined output of 233 kW and a stout 678 Nm of torque, the earlier R8 etron was claimed to possess a 0-100 km/h time of 4.2 seconds and limited 200 km/h. It also set what was then a record lap time for electric vehicles at the notorious Nurburgring circuit in Germany of 8 minutes, 9 seconds at the hands of former F1 driver Markus Winkelhock in 2012.
However, plans for production in 2013 were cancelled at a late stage of development due to concerns about the all-electric supercar’s limited 215 km range. With new battery technology allowing an added 185 km of range at close to 400 km overall, Audi now considers the R8 e-tron suitable for sale, albeit in very small numbers.