Though we heard of its demise, Audi is still testing out the R8 E-Tron, raising suspicions that the electric sports car project has been revived.
Not so says Audi, countering that the testing continues mainly to study the powertrain for use in future vehicles.
“The testing and manufacturing around those few models are helping engineers in Germany with future electric technologies and cars,” said Audi corporate communications manager Brad Stertz in an E-mail to AutoGuide.com. Specifically, he suggested that the testing of this R8 E-Tron is helping engineers with the development of the upcoming A3 PHEV, which “has been confirmed as coming down the development pipeline in the near future.”
Back in January, the brand said the production of the R8 E-Tron may continue on a very limited basis, though the decision to do so was still up in the air. Some R8 E-Trons will be around for public demos says Stertz, but for now the car is still not headed for production.
The E-Tron in these spy photos was captured testing in a cold Northern region, while some R8 E-Trons were spotted testing in Spain last week, likely to get both hot and cold climate effects on the batteries.
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