• Sep 14th 2009 at 10:49AM
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Audi e-Tron renderings - Click above for high-res image gallery

Apparently, electric cars aren't such a bad idea after all. Just days after Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen proclaimed that diesels were the future in lieu of electrons, Audi's own electric supercar concept will be officially debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show. While we're anxiously awaiting Audi's scheduled press conference, a slew of renderings managed to make their way to the internet this morning that show some of the car's interesting visual details.

Called the e-Tron, Audi's eco-friendly supercar concept is based heavily on the underpinnings of the German automaker's awesome R8. Major differences include a closed-off front grille, revised front and rear fascias with C-shaped LED head lamps and a unique set of multispoke wheels. Perhaps the most obvious change is the deletion of the standard R8's trademark side blades. We sorta miss 'em, though it's understandable that aerodynamics are the name of the game for this concept car.

We're still not sure what exactly will power the e-Tron, but the smart money is on a fully electric drivetrain. Check out our gallery of official-looking renderings below.

[Source: World Car Fans]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't get the point of all the stylistic compromises. The R8 isn't exactly a refridgerator, so how dramatically different would the performance be on an electric version of the standard body? Tesla made a good looking EV, so how is it that a company known for some of the best design teams managed to fuglify a beautiful car into this abomination?

      Awful, just awful. It reminds me of those ridiculous envisionings of future cars they put into the Hotwheels multi packs. All you wanted was the white Countach, but to get it you had to put up with this POS and a Camaro.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i don't understand why a car that hardly needs a grille has a bigger grille than the gas burning version.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No love? Batteries need to be cooled too?
      • 5 Years Ago
      A car as heavy as the R8 shouldn't add another 600 pounds or so in batteries and other electric components. I think the best sports car to convert to an electric drivetrain is the featherweight Ariel Atom. Besides, the name is easy to think up... the Ariel Electron!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm really curious as to why they eliminated rear-visibility on this car. The R8 isn't the best to see out of when making a lane change, but this is just terrible. They can't really be stacking batteries to the roof in the old engine compartment... could they?

      On the plus side that interior is very sweet.
      • 5 Years Ago

      I look at this car and say to myself, "it looks sort of familiar". Then it hit me, Its the Audi that Will Smith drove in I, Robot!!! (the design & shape anyhow).
      • 5 Years Ago
      "We're still not sure what exactly will power the e-Tron, but the smart money is on a fully electric drivetrain." No, really? With a name like e-Tron I expected it to be diesel.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Without its V8 or v10, this thing is just another boring souless electric appliance. Nobody buys these cars as a daily drivers, so Fuel consumption and Global Warming is not even an issue. And not having those v8,v10 engines is pointless, as the engine the reason, one owns such a car, not everbody drives these cars that fast anyway. GLOBAL WARMING IS A MYTH
      • 5 Years Ago
      Table for ugly, party of one...
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks like a bling-bling-up'ed R8

      and where's the sideblade....
        • 5 Years Ago
        its a sauerkrauted out R8
        • 5 Years Ago
        Looks like it's an Audi for idiots.

        Audi should fire THAT idiot US president of theirs. I can't help but think how he insulted every possible Audi buyer interested in electric power.
        • 5 Years Ago
        sexy rear, lovely side proportions
        concept interior OK, Audi notorious for early debuts of interiors in concepts

        horrific wheels and grill
        • 5 Years Ago
        yes, wth? those wheels, that grill? come on audi, after the avus, rosemeyer, rsq, and lemans concepts u give us this trash? I don't care what's under the hood, ditch the grill and wheels now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Boss Hogg wants his rims back.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago

      I love R8... it is one of my favorites. This is NOT.

      I still don't understand how they plan on factoring out the electrical storage density problem. Electric drive is fine, but providing the energy on board is not nearly as readily do-able as liquid fuel.

      The styling is wrong, which is saying something from a car that normally looks so good, as the R8 does. The bland and blunted c-pillar treatment is over-look-able on the A5 coupe. It is horrible on this bodywork. The blanked side blades just make the car look stretched and plain.

      The front and rear look over-stylized and awkward. The wheels look bizarre, and I thought the R8 5.2's Y-spoke wheels were gaudy enough as it is.

      The interior is boring compared to the R8. The gauge arrangement is decent, though. I would make a change, that I would put a Holographic HUD in the windshield's line of sight above the steering wheel, above the digital display between the round gauges, or vent registers, or whatever the round bits are on either side.

      Finally someone is continuing to follow the track of ccd cameras in leu of barn-door side mirrors that seem to get larger every model year.

      If an iPod can get a 3mm thick VGA-grade video camera in it, packed in with all of the other bits... why can they not be used in a car, with small OLED screens strategically placed IN the driver's view, to show things that are not normally in the driver's view....

      If they get cheap enough... those tiny little cameras could be integrated with the sonar parking proximity buttons, and when sonar activated, show lateral, and bumper-level views to help people see obstacles around corners, or below the window's field of view.

      real technology that really helps drivers now is more interesting to me, rather than pie-in-the-sky electric drive that still has a lot of teething to work to work through, if it is even possible to be developed into a practical solution.

      maybe technology should go from walking to running, before trying to take off and fly when it doesn't really have wings.
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