• Jul 31st 2009 at 9:29AM
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With less than two months to go before the start of the Frankfurt Motor Show, the rumor mill is heating up fast. As with other recent shows, electric and alternative drive vehicles are expected to play a big part in Germany. Audi is just one of the automakers that may show off at least a concept powered by batteries and electric motors – the big question is what platform will get the EV treatment. The most probable candidate is a mini-car based off of VW Group's "new small family" platform that was previewed with the 2007 Up! concepts.
There is, however, another long-shot possibility: an electric supercar based off the R8. This is a rumor that first cropped up last spring and was quickly shot down by Audi. However, two weeks ago Mercedes-Benz announced that it would build an electric version of its upcoming SLS gull-wing coupe. Might the cross-country rivals from Ingolstadt have an answer for that eco-friendly supercar up its corporate sleeves?

We checked with our contacts at Audi who would only say it's too early to talk about Frankfurt. If Audi has suddenly reversed course and decided to build a electric R8 concept, it will probably be mostly a styling mock-up rather than a fully functional vehicle. Of course, it's even more likely it just won't happen at all.

[Source: Automobile-magazine.fr]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Supercars are great, electric supercars are even more tantalizing, but the thing is, I can't afford either. I wish the automotive greats would realize that what we need, are affordable, four-door, electric sedans. At least that's how I see it, besides, they would probably make a lot more money on smaller, affordable EV-s to further develop and perfect the technologies and eventually offer cars rivaling or beating current ICE-s. Feel free to disagree, of course.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What about affordable sports cars? The 80's and 90's were filled with them. People would me more inclined to by electric cars if they didn't look like and drive like appliances. Hopefully the Honda CR-Z will get other automakers on the same path for some good competition.
        • 6 Years Ago
        New tech always has to start on the high end. Otherwise the price of the mass-market versions would be way too high to make it worthwhile.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i know it is just a rendering but it fits u know, i like it.

      at some point in the future elec. supercars will be much more powerful than gasoline supercars. that will be the point when electric cars will be fully accepted.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I bet alot of R8 customers have asked dealers... "why does a Tesla cost 100k and is electric, and the R8 costs the same and isnt."

      Now hold on, i'm serious here. Do we really think most R8 buyers are experienced enthusiasts with a mix of Colin Champman and Ayrton Senna in their genes? Really its more people like Victoria (or David... doesn't really matter) Beckham, or your local bank VP buying these things. They don't know crap about cars other than brand, price, and the competition.

      Mercedes might have intended an electric SLS all along, then again it might have taken a few inquisitive preferred customers asking "hey..."
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