• Jun 9th 2010 at 9:30AM
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Audi surprised the motoring press with its first R8-based e-tron concept back at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show and has since shown off a repainted, slightly modified version in LA and finally a third take on the electric sportscar concept earlier this year in Detroit. We don't expect the German automaker to slow down its march to putting high-powered electric vehicles on the road any time soon, as evidenced by these spy shots of a heavily disguised e-tron roaming the streets in Germany.
At first glance, there's little indication that the car pictured here is anything but a run-of-the-mill (if such a thing exists) R8 with a psychedelic paint job. A closer examination reveals a complete lack of exterior cooling ducts and a blocked-off rear compartment.

There's no indication of what electric powertrain exists in this prototype, but previous concepts have used four individual electric motors with enough power to push the car to 60 miles per hour in under five seconds. Energy storage comes courtesy of a 54kW lithium ion battery pack. Audi is promising to have the e-tron on the roads by 2012 with a limited production run of no more than 1,000 units.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't like Audi, to be honest... but then again, you have to say that they really seem to be serious about the whole idea odf electric sportscars. I didn't expect them to come up with a driveable prototype that fast. Congratulations.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's the German way. Get sh!t done.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I worked for that company for over 2 years, and like them or not they do EVERYTHING seriously. They don't F-around.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Impressive! With that kind of limited run, and considering the price of Tesla's....i'm guessing this etron will be well over 100K. I dunno, for that money i would just get an R8!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. Get the R8 for fun days, and some kind of uber-good-gas-mileage commuter car for the rest of the time. Best of both worlds.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a waste of a good R8. Make mine V8 or better yet the v10. High priced, high speed golf cart with no soul, and no range, electric crap.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Have you even driven an electric car?
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