• Sep 3, 2009
Fourtitude, the internet experts on all things Audi, has compiled a list of rumors and clues that seem to indicate that the electric car concept expected from Ingolstadt at this month's Frankfurt Motor Show will indeed be based on the most excellent R8 platform. For starters, a surprisingly detailed initial report from L'Automobile magazine in France went so far as to include the R8 ePerformance moniker, which goes right along with the German automaker's current naming convention.

Further, L'Automobile offers up details – such as blocked off air intakes, a lower front chin spoiler and an enclosed front grille – that indicate the information may have been leaked from a company insider. Perhaps the biggest indication that an electric sportscar concept is in the offing from Audi is a teaser image grabbed from the new electricityuntamed.com mini-site. We can clearly see what appears to be the modified shape of an Audi R8, as you can see above. So, there you go.

[Source: Fourtitude]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm sure they'll have one. With the German government already announcing they want like 5% EVs within 4 years or whatever, every German car company will have to make a token amount of them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Excuse me, by EVs, I mean to include hydrogen fuel cell vehicles too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah, i'd be a lot happier to see an EV A3 or A1 than an EV R8.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fortitude is kind of dead when it comes to the Audi scene, IMO. Audizine and Audiworld tend to have way more activity. There are so few posts in the B7 forum I actually only visit there to look at the Audi Wheel classifieds, which are mostly from Vortex members....That being said, kudos to them for breaking a story.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For those who car, Caddialac actually had full-led headlamps on the 08 Escalade Platinum Edition....oh, and only idiots would buy an electric Audi.
      Fred
      • 5 Years Ago
      Government Motors will be a subsidized basket case and laughing stock for the next 25 years when it will finally be allowed to die a natural death like the Yugo. They just don't get it, unless you have cars that people will actually buy and buy again and again, you fail. It's not what people say they want, but what they buy. Somewhere in there, I expect Goverment Motors to come out with a wind car with sails. While the whole thing will be sad, it will provide us with entertainment for more than a generation.
      • 5 Years Ago
      electric car? idiots buy those right?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Tesla, Prius, Volt, etc. Pick you're favorite over-priced, over-hyped electric/hybrid device. Just wondering if this is perhaps because of the failure to make a TDI R8. Just seems rather odd timing. "Diesel version doesn't work. We'll make an electric one even though we think they're stupid."
      • 5 Years Ago
      Didn't Johan de Nysschen of Audi North America imply that only idiots would buy an overpriced electric car?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Electric R8 sounds great, we first heard about it a few weeks back, and Audi denied it at first. Looks like it is indeed true. Very funny after what's his face Johan from Audi dissing electric cars and the Volt.

      Anybody else get pissed off by some of the cheesy facts on Audi's electricity unleashed site? "Lighting as 1,000,000 volts of power"? "The human body emits 250 Watts of electricity just sitting there"? These were written by somebody who thinks they know a lot more than they actually do about electricity.


      (Volts are a unit of voltage, not power. 1,000,000 volts only becomes power when some amps start flowing, and you get watts). (The human body generates around 250 Watts of THERMAL energy, somebody read the fact, read the word "Watts" and immediately thought that must have something to do with electricity since his 60 "Watt" light bulb works on electricity.) /rant