When Audi unveiled the original e-tron Concept at the last Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009, a production version seemed to be nothing more than a glimmer in the very distant future. Two years later, it appears that the automaker has made plenty of progress in bringing an electric-powered R8 into the world.

Yesterday in Frankfurt, Audi revealed a new R8 e-tron "technology demonstrator" that represents something fairly similar to the production model we'll see in the near future. Some unique visual features separate the R8 e-tron from the petrol-powered version, including the carbon fiber vents on the hood and chrome slats in the front grilles and rear bumper. Like the concept, the production version of the car is expected to feature four electric motors sending power to each wheel, with performance targets including 0-60 mph in less than five seconds and a 150 mile range.

You can see the new Audi R8 e-tron prototype in detail in the high-res gallery above.

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      talk about looking like a BIC razor blade!! Still looks decent though.
      Cars Blog
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      Audi R8 e-Tron is considered to have the latest technology engine which can offer much better performance than its pervious models...:) http://www.carsblog.me/new-audi-r8-e-tron-2013/
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      Those wheels look awful. They look like something some ghetto dude would put on his Chrysler 300.
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        Your wife is just a moron for not checking if the coast is clear. You may win the legal battle, but you'll never win a physics battle against a car.
          Lada F1 team
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          is that really necessary? i mean seriously, its his wife...
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        LOL. Your wife should be a little more careful - Just kidding. But being serious, an Audi TT is a hell of a lot cheaper than an R8.
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      What's with the Aerocatch hood pins?
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