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You might not find a crowd more receptive to electric cars than at the Consumer Electronics Show and so its no surprise that during his keynote address Audi CEO Rupert Stadler made his grand entrance behind the wheel of the company’s e-Tron Spyder.
Audi is continuing to keep the focus on its electric car efforts and while this is the very same car that debuted at the Paris Auto Show last September, the stunning new red paint helps for the Las Vegas audience. Oh, and let’s not forget that this e-Tron isn’t actually a zero-emissions vehicle, and is actually more of a hybrid using an internal combustion engine as well.
Under the hood twin-turbo TDI V6 makes 300-hp and 479 ft-lbs of torque with all of that power going to the rear wheels via a 7-speed DSG transmission. Also in use are two electric motors (one at each of the front wheels), that deliver a total of 88-hp and 260 ft-lbs of torque, allowing for an AWD machine that’s capable of a 0-62 mph time of 4.4 seconds.
GALLERY: Audi e-Tron Spyder
Audi‘s E-Tron Spyder debuted at the Paris Auto Show today, and surprised observers by departing from the purely electric setup seen in previous E-Tron concepts.
The Spyder will use a 3.0L TDI V6 and a DSG transmission to power the rear wheels, while the fronts get a pair of twin electric motors. An aluminum space frame chassis helps keep weight low, as does carbon-fiber re-enforced plastic bodywork. With the E-Tron coupe set to go on sale in 2012, it’s possible that it could be joined by the Spyder shown here.
Gallery: Audi E-Tron Spyder
Audi looks set to debut an e-Tron Spyder at this year’s Paris Auto Show despite the poorly translated name. The sketches were originally released on a French website, and from our high-school level knowledge of the language, we gather that…no substantial details are out yet.
Think of this car as the Spyder version of the e-Tron concept – same internals, but with the capacity for people to gawk at your comb over blowing in the wind. We’ll be on hand for its debut, until then, sit tight.
Gallery: Audi e-Tron Spyder