• Sep 15, 2009
Audi e-tron concept -- Click above for high-res image gallery

The Audi e-tron concept has a few good things going for it on the outside, like lustrous red paint, some wicked cool taillights, and... well... maybe something else that's escaped us. Sadly, those things are overcome by the chrome baleen job for the front and rear grilles, the too-tricky-by-half headlights, the remnant lines of a blade, and... those... wheels... which look like they were designed by Schick. Inside it's much nicer, with a heart-thumpingly curvy design and a thing-of-beauty center console. Although the steering wheel gives us a hint of pause, the angled gauges make us happy. If Audi can actually get that leviathan powertrain sorted out for production (again, 3,319 lb-ft of torque?!), all would be forgiven. In the meantime, try and enjoy it in the gallery below.






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      • 5 Years Ago
      I can forgive the grills, but seriously what were they thinking with those rims?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice inside? Wth? I don't see any inside... or are those 2 dials, a steering wheel, set of pedals and tiny seats considered "an interior"? Someone bring these Autoblog writers back to 2009 from the steam age they are in currently :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      nobody thinks those taillights look like they were stolen of an aston?
      • 5 Years Ago
      First it was the Audi Le Mans Concept, then it was the Audi RSQ used in the movie iRobot, then it was the R8 Concept Car which was a twin turbo V-10. Now the R8 is out with a V-8 has been on the street for the last year. A R15 V-10 TDI Diesel was stuffed into the back of a show car car came out last year. The 5.2L V-10 coming is coming to the streets soon. Then this e-tron is that short for electron roadster?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Shedding a tear for what once was a beautiful R8...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @vespid82: So true. It's like they sat down and said, "Meh...the Panamera will be there, so we can clean it up later."
        • 5 Years Ago
        Very unusual for Audi.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The future looks far less pimp, far less exotic car, and far more practical IMO.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. It looks unfinished.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's a concept. It looks that way to be different from the regular R8 and not just a R8 with electric motor. It looks that way to say to resemble the future of this technology.
      • 5 Years Ago
      there is a name issue, one should look what etron means in french
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's what I was about to say..."étron" that's a really bad name indeed !
      • 5 Years Ago
      I LOVE the interior!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Somehow this car reminds me of a red plastic toy Corvette that I had as a kid.

      Like I said in the other related thread, that 3319 lb-ft isn't as mind-boogling as you seem to think when you compare it to what conventional performance cars actually put down to the wheels. Peak torque levels in the 3-4000 lb-ft range at the axle is actually pretty common. The big difference here is just the ability to deliver that level from zero RPM.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like this design was lifted from one of the coroflot portfolios, some how I doubt he got credit for it, too many coincidences.

      http://www.coroflot.com/public/individual_set.asp?keywords=sergio+toro&c=1&set_id=28635&individual_id=103317
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ok it is going to be electric or whatever, why not keep the same look as the "regular" R8? It doesn't need to be different, especially that different!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it looks gorgeous ! esp. the rear end, wheels & profile.
      The interior is sure to give a very nice spacious feeling, very classy ! love it !
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think if I do a burnout in that thing while heading east I'll slow down the Earth's rotation.

      Someone try it for about 3 minutes, I'm sick of leap years.
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