Breaking: Audi E-Tron Electric R8 Headed to Production

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

Audi’s E-Tron electric R8 has been given the green light and should be on the road in two to three years. Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen has said that a car based on the E-Tron concept, which debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show last month, will be built. He expects fully functional examples to be ready in two years, but a production version may take slightly longer.

The E-Tron concept uses three electric motors (one for each wheel) to deliver true all-wheel drive quattro performance. Together the motors make 313hp and a ridiculous 3,319 ft-lbs of torque. Surprisingly, despite that giant power output, the car’s 0-62 mph time is just 4.8 seconds. The car’s total weight is 3,527 lbs, although over 1,000 lbs of that is the battery pack situated behind the passenger compartment but ahead of the rear axle. The E-Tron is capable of traveling 154 miles on a single charge.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated as progress on the E-Tron is made, especially as Mercedes is working to bring an electric version of the SLS supercar to market in the near future as well.

[Source: AutoWeek]

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • Hayden Hayden on Jul 29, 2010

    I truly believe that Audi is genius! The E-Tron will be better than most other electric cars, I'm sure. I am a huge fan of Audi and love the R8 series!