• Dec 8, 2009
Audi e-tron concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

Audi may not be positioning itself as a "green brand," but it's still putting a rather big toe into the environmentally-friendly waters of electric sportscars with its R8-based e-tron, which is reportedly headed for production in 2012.

As a refresher – as if you needed one – the e-tron debuted as a concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September with some truly impressive statistics: four separate electric motors with 230 kW (313 horsepower) and 4,500 Nm (3,319.03 pound-feet) of torque (sort of), which is enough to push it to 62 mph in a mere 4.8 seconds.

So, um... want one? The line forms at the rear, and you'd better not dawdle as Audi says its only planning to build 1,000 of examples. Naturally, pricing has yet to be set, but it's reportedly expected to be "above R8 levels." Duh. Regardless, with all those lithium ion batteries and their associated electronic gadgetry, we don't imagine that Audi plans to make much of a profit when it finally goes on sale in two years.



[Source: Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      WANT RIMS

      /drools dumbly on keyboard
      • 5 Years Ago
      Audi, please do not pull a lemans and bring this into production 97% as is. Please. it looks horrid, HORRID in person, especially the rear. get rid of the mohawk in back add some silver somewhere. It simply comes off too plain and not at all as curvaceous or sexy as the R8 or R8 spider without air intakes near the doors, or something, anything to brake up that undistinguished mass of pumpkin in back.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Only with a v8 or v10, no electric for me. Gotta have the real engine. If you can afford the car, you can afford the gas.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wasn't that Will Smith's car in irobot?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see it in action, although with different headlights!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would have much rather seen a 1000 unit run of the R8 V12 TDI.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They're making this god damned thing?

        Nice.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I really like to see how those headlights perform in ordinary driving conditions lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      Probably a wise move. I doubt demand would sustain a ton of units produced anyway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does anyone else just not care about this thing, like at all? After my last Audi owning experience, i just look at everything they make with utter disgust and hatred
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why would anyone want a car that when it runs out of power you are screwed.
      A car that you cannot drive on long trips if you wanted to.
      Useless.

      I can deal with an all electric vehicle if it is cheap and used for jaunts around town.
      At this price range, I want real usability.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you're in the target market, you're not likely to take your tiny two-seat sports car on long trips. You'll take your comfy A8 instead.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dal20402,

        I am in the target market and if I want to take a sports car on a trip why would I take an A8 instead or S Class in my case?
        That makes no sense.
        This is not daydreaming conjecture.
        If I wanted to take a 3-4 hour drive up north and drive around and then drive back home it would not be possible with this car.
        What if I wanted to take it for the weekend to go to Chicago, it would not be possible either.
        It would make much more sense to get a real R8 or a Porsche or something.
        I would be able to drive from here to California if I so desired.

        Gas is great.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Venom

        "gas is great"

        You're not the target market.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You gotta walk before you can run.
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