• Jun 12th 2011 at 12:27PM
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Audi keeps growing its e-tron lineup. The automaker unveiled an electrified monster at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, only this time 'round, the low-slung hybrid came sans-top.

It's that vehicle – the e-tron Spyder plug-in diesel hybrid concept – that Audi brought to LeMans this weekend. More specifically, the e-tron Spyder participated in the "Le Mans vers le futur," an event held in conjunction with the legendary 24-hour race. Along with the e-tron Spyder came the Audi Q5 hybrid quattro, a production-ready SUV that will go on sale in late 2011.

The Audi e-tron Spyder features a pair of electric motors driving the front wheels with a combined 87 horsepower of power and 260 pound-feet of torque. In the rear sits a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 TDI that cranks out up to 300 hp and 479 pound-feet of torque. Them horses are funneled to the rear wheels via a seven-speed transmission. Audi says that the three units can operate separately or in unison and lists maximum output at 388 hp, with torque peaking at a hefty 664 pound-feet.

Audi says that despite the hefty 9.1 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery mounted up front, it managed to keep the vehicle's weight in check and distribute the pounds evenly across the chassis. As a result, the e-tron Spyder should be plenty tossable. Audi claims the e-tron Spyder tips the scales at 3,196 pounds and that the drivetrain provides sufficient electric-only power to hit speeds of up to 37 miles per hour for a total of 31 miles. The manufacturer says that in city driving, that capability is enough to hang with traffic. If not, there's always that torquey diesel V6 out back.


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[Source: Green Car Congress]


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      Marco Polo
      • 4 Years Ago
      Like most manufacturers, Audi have finally decided to enter into the lucrative EV-sector pioneered by Prius/Lexus. Unlike the US,Japan, and the rest of the world, the European auto-market favours the modern diesel (turbo) engine, due in part, to the favourable tax regime on diesel fuel. In theory without a great deal of modification, most European diesels could run on bio-diesels or a bio-diesel blend. This would make such vehicles close to zero emissions. Although, EV technology is developing very rapidly. Auto manufacturers can't, for logistical reasons,respond as quickly. Models take between 4-7 years to develop, and must have a model life of at least 3 years to recover investment. Hybrid technology, is a way to reduce that risk. Installing hybrid technology in already expensive vehicles, helps to amortise cost. With race capable vehicles such as the Spyder, Audi hopes to create excitement, and differentiate Audi EV Hybrid technology from the more mundane hybrids. Audi, couldn't care less, what trolls such as DF,(and his clone Brent) think, since they are most unlikely to be in the market, or even know anyone, who can afford to purchase such expensive offerings. These vehicles are being developed as a response to a growing demand for hybrid luxury sport,grand tourers. Germany is one of the few remaining nations, where high performance cars can be legally driven to full potential.
        EJ
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Marco Polo
        "Audi have finally decided to enter into the lucrative EV-sector " I'd love nothing more than to have my first EV be an audi, an A3e to replace my A3, but I'm not holding my breath, and I wouldn't say Audi has 'entered' the market until they actually have something anyone can buy.
        uncle_sam
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Marco Polo
        There is no biodiesel infrastructure in Germany anymore. Chancellor Merkel KILLED in in favour of big oil. Biodiesel was widespread in Germany, a lot of smaller companies started to grow and also big ones like siemens were investing. Germany had on of ther biggest biodiesel plants. I fueld my old Golf with domestically grown rapeseed diesel. But then Mrs Merkel and her right winged turds decided to rise the tax on biodiesel so high that it became much more expensive than regular diesel. Thousands of jobs were lost. The big plants demolished and sold. Most German Diesels were Biodiesel Capable. 10 years ago! From Mercedes to Audi. But that is long gone. You can't get biodiesel in germany anymore.
          Marco Polo
          • 4 Years Ago
          @uncle_sam
          Yes, this would appear to be the case in many countries with bio-diesel, either being discouraged through difficulties in raw materials or governments taxing biodiesel in the same manner a diesel. Often this is cited as oil company lobbying, but in fact Shell, BP, and Chevron are major bio-diesel producers and have long complained at the inconsistent tax policies, particularly in relation to blending. The real pressure seems to come, not from oil companies, but the Ethanol lobby.
      Nick
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another publicity stunt with an unrealistic car from the Germans. It will be years till be get anything in the showroom.
      Chris M
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks cool, but it really does need a roof, or at least a good roll bar
      • 4 Years Ago
      Putting a big battery in a 3.0L Diesel does not make it anything green. You can call it a hybrid if you want, but to me its glutonous business as usual. They'll never learn, that why we're all dead.
      Nick From Montreal
      • 4 Years Ago
      Audi: "Look what we can do! EVs are so green and sexy! We are the best!" Public: "When can I buy one?" Audi: "In 2017..Maybe...Look, we have all these diesel engines! Diesels are so green and sexy! We are the best!"
      Timo
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is there some error in "tips the scales at 3,196 pounds and that the drivetrain provides sufficient electric-only power to hit speeds of up to 37 miles per hour for a total of 31 miles."? Was is supposed to be 73mph? 87HP should be enough oomph for 73mph, I can go faster than 37mph with my bicycle.
        Chris M
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Timo
        Yes it should go that fast on electric only, but at 73 mph the batteries would poop out long before 31 miles. were driven Like many other plug-in hybrids, it has a relatively small battery pack, to get 31 miles of all-electric driving, the speed must be limited. Still, that's good for local driving on city streets where the speed is limited, anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes, please! 0-60 prob around 4 sec, MPGe about 100, AWD capable. Wow.
      Ben Crockett
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a piece of automotive artwork that is also a plug-in EV. I am a big fan of the original all electric etron and I hope they both make it to production. The battery tech will ultimately filter down to the entry level Audi's such as the A1 - hence the A1 etron concept. I would like see them closer to market sooner but good to see them working on it, which is more than some other automakers are doing.
        skierpage
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Ben Crockett
        Audi will eventually bring something to market, but every vague commitment they've made about producing their random e-tron concepts has been a lie. Audi was going to build 1,000 of the original R8-based e-tron starting in 2012, that's clearly off. Meanwhile we'll see if the Mercedes SLS E-Cell enters production in 2013, it's part of the company's "AMG Performance 2015" initiative so they have some wiggle room. These are limited production sports cars that are well within Audi/MB's ability to manufacture, they just lack the will. I'm more interested in VW's plans to have plug-in hybrid and all-electric Golf, Jetta, and E-Up! models, all due by 2013.
          Ben Crockett
          • 4 Years Ago
          @skierpage
          Don't worry the Germans are coming - they are one of the most talented and innovative countries in the world. They are taking their sure time but the product they bring to market will almost undoubtedly be a quality product. I think BMW will be first to market before Audi.
      uncle_sam
      • 4 Years Ago
      So I get a lousy 87hp electric and a thirsty V6? Not great. -.- What happened to the original etron? what happened to the wankel powered etron?
        Chris M
        • 4 Years Ago
        @uncle_sam
        So far, they're all concepts, and they're testing them to see which ones will make it to production. I'm sure that Audi will have at least one plug-in model in a few years, but remember that most concepts don't make it to production.
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 4 Years Ago
        @uncle_sam
        Steiner..
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 4 Years Ago
      time for another Rollins Band link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaysTVcounI this time I believe that Audi means it.. : ) electric Audis everywhere any minute now..
      EVdriver
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another smoke and mirrors concept from the Germans. They sell obsolete soot emitting diesels and try to make themselves green whit those pointless concepts.
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