There is a lot to love about the 2014 Audi e-tron Spyder. It's a compact roadster with a torque-happy, twin-turbo diesel V6 mated to two electric motors capable of more instant twist. When we recently took the e-tron Spyder for a spin, we were limited to just 40 miles per hour, but the Four-Ringed automaker tells us that a trip to 62 takes only 4.4 seconds.

And because this Spyder is a green monster, it can travel up to 30 miles on electric power alone. Using a mixture of the diesel and its lithium ion battery, it will consume on average a scant 2.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers.

That sounds like a lot of "too good to be true," but Audi promises to be the leader in luxury electric cars by 2020, and a production version of this vehicle is expected for 2014. Hit the jump to watch new footage of the e-tron Spyder in motion. It might not be ready to go on sale, but it at least looks mighty fine on the roads of Malibu, California, near where we drove it.



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      hmmwv
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmmm, Audi prototype in Malibu, I wonder why Tony Stark is not behind the wheel.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      So 3,200lbs for a car about the size of an S2000? Uh...ok.
      sonicpunk32
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just have one question. Why the retractable Audi logo? To hide the fact that you're driving an Audi?
        trevor-k
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sonicpunk32
        It is where you charge the batteries. The last ring in the logo the charging station.
          trevor-k
          • 3 Years Ago
          @trevor-k
          I previously saw another video on the e-tron (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5QWonXzJV4) about 4 seconds in.
          sonicpunk32
          • 3 Years Ago
          @trevor-k
          you must have better eyes than me, cause I didn't see the socket inside the logo in the video.
          Timothy Tibbetts
          • 3 Years Ago
          @trevor-k
          Thanks, that's pretty killer.
          Eta Carinae
          • 3 Years Ago
          @trevor-k
          at least somebody has some sense and knows what it was -_-
        Timothy Tibbetts
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sonicpunk32
        First thought was to bring fresh air in to cool the motors and\or feed the turbos just like an air scoop in a modern car. By having it retractable, it can open only when needed keeping the clean look. Just a guess.
      Jason Allen
      • 3 Years Ago
      This makes me want to touch myself for some reason. Audi kills it with sexy-ness and premium styling. It's electric too! I'm not sure if the tesla modelS is my fave non-hyper car anymore. Porche 918 spyder, jaguar cx75 and all the audi e-trons are THE COOLEST cars ever! I bet I forgot 1 so modelS is fifth.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        trevor-k
        • 3 Years Ago
        hahah..... what are you some kind of car executive? I am pretty sure audi knows what they are doing, when the R8 came out in 08 it had a 18-20 month wait-list. What other cars do you know in this class that are priced fully loaded under $100k..... I mean the SL starts @ 105K and Tesla starts above 100k and the BMW i8 will guaranteed start above 150k, and the 918 spider starts @ $845k
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        it will be way under 100000
      adika3z
      • 3 Years Ago
      dont buy it, dont take it, dont drive it, yes very big UGLY vehicle, not worth it
        Lisa
        • 3 Years Ago
        @adika3z
        Says you! I love it and I want one but not very practicle here in northern pennsylvania.
      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      and head is still sticking out from the top. They need to either have lower sits or taller windshield.
      founerra
      • 3 Years Ago
      What about Tesla, Audi?
      CromwellD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it me or does the mirror make the driver look like Data from Star Trek every once in a while in the proper angle. I like the car itself, but I am not a fan of how the side windows look. Also, does this car have a top? They refer to it as an open sports car?
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