Don't say we never gave you anything beautiful. For example, how about a video of the 2014 Audi e-tron Spyder whizzing down the sun-drenched streets of Malibu, CA. The two-minute clip doesn't reveal anything new, performance-wise, but watching this truly modern machine, with its crisp lines, carbon composite exterior and drop-dead gorgeous styling, is a treat for the eyes.

The two-seat Audi e-tron Spyder is equipped with a 296-horsepower twin-turbo V6 TDI engine at the rear axle and twin electric motors cranking out a total of 89 hp up front. The e-tron Spyder's relatively low curb weight (3,196 pounds), combined with its high-torque TDI mill and twin electric motors, results in respectable performance. The Spyder scoots from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and continues on to a limited top speed of 155 mph.

Hit the jump to catch video of the e-tron Spyder on Malibu's picturesque roads. Don't forget to check out Autoblog's Quick Spin featuring the topless diesel hybrid machine for an in-depth read on what the car is like to drive.


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      Ashton
      • 3 Years Ago
      gorgeous car. However, as an EV enthusiast, If I had the money I'd buy the nice, and far more practical model S.
      PeterScott
      • 3 Years Ago
      Shrug. It's pure concept. Wake me when they are building something real.
      uncle_sam
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only 60 km/h on ev mode? that are 37mph... Oh boy, even a plug-in prius can do better. But why do they let this car suck? I mean a diesel hybrid is great. EV mode for the daly commute and a savvy diesel for everything else. but only 37 mph? btw the Q5 hybrid does a better job, at least they did a good job there,
        atc98092
        • 3 Years Ago
        @uncle_sam
        I believe I read in another writeup that they speed limited this prototype simply because they haven't completely sorted out the software yet. The car is capable of higher speeds, but since this is an early prototype they want to be cautious. Can't blame them with what these prototypes cost to build. Don't want to break it unintentionally :)
      paulwesterberg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good thing they motorized the hood logo. Is that supposed to be the charge port? It doesn't look big enough. They stole the door handles from the model s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5Rg5VZAlqM
        Letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        "Stole" is such a negative word. Audi has shown touch-sensitive retractable door handles on other concepts as well. At any rate, it's not surprising to see two makers develop similar concepts independently. Personally, I'm not sure if replacing a simple mechanical linkage with a complicated electronic system is the best idea. It looks cool, but...
          Letstakeawalk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          At least on the Model S demo, you can hear him say "pull the electronic switch." The Audi looks like it could be a mechanical mechanism, that pops out and then you pull it.
          Joeviocoe
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Are we sure it is electrically? I know the hood emblem is... but this door handle effect can be done with a small spring, cam, and pulley setup.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          This video makes it a little more clear, it seems that there is an electric motor driving the Tesla handle. It also seems that they might have a proximity detector that actuates it. Very cool, but how reliable in the long term? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxavZ2QxuLY I'm only going to mention two words: Luxman Suckface.
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Surely it is not that complicated to do? A drawer on a CD does the same thing, after all.
      Tysto
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love Audi, but this is still more concept than car. And why do you need a 300 HP engine when you've also got massive torque from two big electric motors? Surely those alone would provide hot rubber off the line. Also: "The E-Tron designation is how Audi identifies its entire range of e-mobility technologies." Oh thanks. That clears things up.
      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another turbo'd ICE fantasy car from Audi. When will this nonsense end? When will Audi make an EV with decent range at a buyable price? GET REAL AUDI !
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick
        About the time they can make the same sort of profit as Audi can realise from this sort of automobile! Auto-manufacturers exist to make money, not indulge in a ideological crusade. Audi is a European prestige marque, its parent, VW, sells economy cars. It's VW, not Audi, that should be watching Renault/Nissan with alarm!
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          and VW is owned by oil companies. you always apologize for douches Marco. why is that..
      Grendal
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think I'd rather buy a Model S Sport or a Roadster than this thing.
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